Ron is part of the Global Manufacturing organization at General Motors in Michigan.
Ron grew up in Chicago, IL - attended Illinois State University (BS Applied Science/Plastics) - GMI/Kettering University (MS Lean Manufacturing & Manufacturing Operations) and the Design for Manufacturability program at Stanford University.
Ron began his career in GM tooling centers, supporting plastic mold tooling and operations. Ron was among the principal engineers asked to join a new GM company - SATURN Corporation – where he led the operations launch of the first, Class A thermoplastic exterior body molding facility.
Ron was selected by GM/Toyota joint venture leadership to join NUMMI plant operations in Fremont, CA (currently Tesla). There, he had the opportunity for 3-years, to ‘hear-see-DO’ lean manufacturing – taught by senior manufacturing leaders within Toyota’s Organizational Management and Consulting Division. Following NUMMI, Ron was asked to lead $1.2B in projects which redefined GM main paint processing operations and strategically realigned the manufacturing of Tier I plastic, fascia production. Ron was recognized as a GM Technical Fellow in 1992.
Ron has progressed through a series of GM roles in product development, program launches and global assignments with increasing responsibility over 38-years, including extended assignments in Japan, China, Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Ada, Oklahoma. Daul was on the first plane to Seattle, WA in March 2020 in response to USA - GM/Ventec collaboration for COVID-19 ventilator production – a project which saw the GM/Ventec team produce 30,000 ventilators in 154-days, the first unit off the line and distributed in 30-days. Ron lives in Northville, Michigan USA unless there is a hex hatch in Craig, Montana.