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AIAG Re-elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman to Its Board of Directors

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 22, 2013 — AIAG has re-elected the chairman and vice chairman of its board of directors, the not-for-profit, member-supported organization announced today. Chairman John Batchik, vice president of quality at Freudenberg-NOK, and vice-chairman David Kneisler, vice president, global quality at Dana Holding Corp., will each serve another two-year term, which expires Jan. 1, 2015.

“As AIAG concentrates its efforts on accelerating the development of the automotive supply chain’s sub-tier, especially in the area of quality, we rely heavily on the vision, experience and direction that these supplier quality leaders provide,” said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG.

“Both John and David have been indispensable to AIAG in support of our ongoing commitment to foster a seamless, efficient and responsible supply chain.”

At Freudenberg-NOK, Batchik leads quality system development and strategy execution for the group’s automotive, general industry, and other product groups throughout the Americas. He has a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and received a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.

Kneisler is responsible for Dana Holding Corp.’s customer and internal operational quality for its four global product groups. He also leads the company’s product safety, technical problem solving, quality systems and warranty management activities. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan – Flint and has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University.
About AIAG

AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where, for more than 30 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively to drive down costs and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to more than 960 members include renowned OEMs, such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Navistar, Nissan, Toyota, and many of their parts suppliers and service providers. For more information, visit

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