Frank Macher is chairman and CEO of Continental Structural Plastics. Macher, a recognized expert in strategic and business planning, advanced technologies, product development, and manufacturing processes and operations, has more than 45 years’ experience in the automotive industry.
Prior to CSP, Macher was CEO and president of Collins & Aikman; chairman and CEO of Federal-Mogul Corporation; and president and CEO of ITT Automotive. He also spent 30 years at Ford Motor Company where he held several key executive positions including vice president of the Automotive Components Group, an $11-billion operation and the predecessor to Visteon.
During his tenure at the Automotive Components Group, Macher expanded the company’s electronics operations on a global basis. He also established five joint ventures in China, including Yan Fang, now a $7.5 billion entity partnered with Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation.
Macher earned a BSME from Kettering University and an MBA from Michigan State University. In 2016, he was presented with the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Business Management Award and was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He’s also been honored with the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Lifetime Achievement Award (2008) and the Automotive News Supplier All-Star of the Year (2006). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Achates Power and Martinrea International, and has served on the MIT Leaders of Manufacturing Board, Stanford Industrial Manufacturing Advisors, and the Board of Trustees for Kettering University.