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Robert Willig Named CEO of Plasan Carbon

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Plasan Carbon Composites, a Wixom, Mich.-based leading supplier of carbon fiber-reinforced composite components for the transportation market, announced that Robert Willig has joined the company as president and CEO, replacing James Staargaard, who has stepped down but will continue to advise the board on strategic matters. The company plans to expand into additional transportation segments.

Willig has a proven track record of financial performance, turnaround leadership, lean implementation, and new business development while heading automotive suppliers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His expertise lies in establishing a high level of trust with customers, co-workers, board members, and shareholders while directing high-performing global leadership teams that build powerful plans and actions and deliver robust business results.

“I’m thrilled to join Plasan Carbon Composites at such an exciting time in the industry,” noted Willig. “Our business will continue to design, develop, and supply world-class composite products that answer our customers’ needs for strong, lightweight solutions. We’ll leverage Plasan’s global process and product capabilities in order to expand into new segments across the transportation industry. My goal is to continue to build on the work of my predecessor, Jim Staargaard, in leading growth and operational improvements across the business.”

Before joining PCC, Willig was president of GKN Driveline Americas where he led the company to significant and profitable growth across multiple customers and products while driving investment efficiency and operational excellence. During his time at the helm, Willig opened five new facilities in the U.S. and Mexico that supported expansion of the division’s technical capabilities, new product introductions, and optimized the organization’s manufacturing footprint.

Earlier, Willig spent more than three years as president of GKN Sinter Metals Americas where he delivered significant improvements in profit, cash, and overall customer satisfaction while growing the division at more than twice the rate of the market.

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