De Koker appointed to Kettering University Board of Trustees

By Website Administrator | Oct 8, 2001

Neil De Koker, founding managing director of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) of Troy, Mich., has been appointed to the Kettering University Board of Trustees for a three-year term.

Neil De Koker, founding managing director of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) of Troy, Mich., has been appointed to the Kettering University Board of Trustees for a three-year term.

De Koker, a 1967 graduate of Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute), began his career as a co-op student at General Motors Corp. (GM). He earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering/GMI, his master's degree in Business Administration from the Executive MBA Program at Michigan State University, and attended the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University.

His responsibilities as managing director of the OESA include oversight of the organization's representation of suppliers of components, modules, systems, equipment and services used in and by the automotive original equipment industry. During his 39-year career in the automotive industry, De Koker served as an executive with GM for 23 years, where he played a lead role in the development and organization of Saturn Corp. and participated in the historic Saturn-UAW agreement negotiation.

In addition, he was a senior vice president at Magna International, where he helped organize and manage the formation of the organization's automotive systems subsidiaries. He is a fellow of ESD The Engineering Society, where he won the Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Currently, he is board member for Omnexus, the Plastics eMarketplace, member of the boards for the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, the Canada U.S. Business Association and the Japan American Society of Greater Detroit and Windsor. Additionally, he is on the board of trustees for the Society ofAutomotive Engineers (SAE) Foundation and a member-at-large for the SAE World Congress Committee.

His previous board memberships include service as chairman of the board and president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA). He was also on the Automotive Advisory Committee to the Minister of Industry, Canada, and on Canada's Transportation Sector Sectoral Advisory Group for International Trade.

From 1990-1996, he was a member of the GMI Alumni Association Board of Directors.

He and his wife, Karen, reside in Shelby, Mich., and are parents to three sons: Gregory, Scott and Todd.