The recent investment and growth into US manufacturing is cause for celebration alone.

But it’s the manufacturing leaders who’ve dedicated their careers to achieving outstanding operational performance who are the main focus of the evening.

Thank you to everyone who nominated. Three outstanding candidates have been shortlisted. Now the industry has to decide who should receive the 2018 American Manufacturing Leadership Award. Vote for your winner before August 31, 2018

The award will be presented at the American Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards Dinner 2018 on October 22nd at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. Tickets are included in the full package ticket option.

The American Supply Chain Leadership Award will also be presented on the evening. For more information about this award, visit the collocated SCMS Summit website.

Shortlisted Nominees:

Michele D'Alessandro

Vice President and CIO, Manufacturing IT
Merck & Co., Inc.

Michele and her team have been nationally recognized for the past 3 years in the areas of technical innovation, including next generation data and analytics platforms; supply chain transformation; and modernization/ digitization in manufacturing plants. In November 2017, Michele was awarded a Gold Stevie® Award for Women in Business in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Transformation category.

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Peter Karausch

Plant Director

Peter has 45 years of automotive experience, leading in manufacturing in several positions in Chrysler and GM Corporations. Born in Berlin, Peter has since moved to Latin America and is now settled in Ecuador. Major projects and achievements along his career include the 100 million USD plant expansion at GM Venezolana, the National Quality Awards in GM Colmotores, Chairman's Honor GM Corporation 1998, along with national accolades like the ''Orden al Merito en el Trabajo' in First Class from the Venezuelan Government.

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Gilbert Passin

Former Vice President Manufacturing

After graduating from Ecole Centrale in Paris, Gilbert began his career as a lecturer in Engineering with French at the University of Bath, UK. He then moved towards a global career in automotive manufacturing. He started this journey at Renault SA in France & UK and then moved to Mack Trucks NA, becoming the VP and General Manager of their Winnsboro plant, SC. Following this, Gilbert transitioned to Volvo Trucks NA as VP of the New River Valley Plant, VA and then became the VP of Manufacturing for Canada at Toyota NA. He played a key role in launching multiple new vehicles and modern automated technologies and systems into mass production.
His most recent role as the VP of Manufacturing at Tesla has involved launching and overseeing various Factories and Production Operations at Tesla. Under his role he has led the launch of the Tesla Model S into mass production. He started and developed the Tesla Vehicle Manufacturing team, the Fremont factory and infrastructure as well as the Manufacturing process & equipment from scratch.
His innovation, dedication, achievements and leadership skills are the values that make him the Manufacturing leader he is. Gilbert’s passion is to advance world sustainability and accelerate the development of society towards a higher level of Global Excellence.

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