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Automotive parts manufacturer Cooper Standard Holdings Inc. promoted three executives to lead the reorganized company following the planned departure of its longtime Chief Operating Officer Keith D. Stephenson.

The Fortune-1000 company divided its global capabilities into three foci: global manufacturing, engineering and innovation.

Patrick R. Clark, a 23-year veteran of the automotive industry, will head the global engineering function as chief global engineering and product strategy officer. Christopher E. Couch will use his prior experience – as chief technical officer of Lear Corp. and vice president of product line strategy and innovation at Cooper-Standard – to head the technology research and development function as chief innovation officer. Newly appointed Chief Global Manufacturing Officer Hans O. Helmrich will head the automotive and non-automotive manufacturing operations, where his experience in manufacturing executive roles across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America will come in handy.



These appointments, along with Stephenson’s departure, come at a time of change for the designer and manufacturer of automotive systems and components. The company announced in December it would start construction of a new world headquarters in Northville, Mich., closer to the company’s Global Technology Center in Livonia, Mich. While Cooper-Standard expects this project to be completed by early 2020, Stephenson will have been long gone from the company, as he retires on April 2.

Kris Barr

Kris Barr

Content Manager, Corporate