Mr. Shields brings over 35 years of experience in business and industry. He has traveled the world extensively, visiting over 500 companies and manufacturing operations in support of new product development, contract negotiations and generally ensuring the performance and reliability of the supply chain. The majority of his career has been spent in the automotive industry beginning with General Motors. He moved from the shop floor to the executive suite with subsequent jobs at ITT Automotive, Valeo, and Delphi Technologies gaining experience in various functional roles (production, quality, engineering and purchasing). These experiences helped build a broad technical knowledge in various industrial processes (raw materials, casting, forging, machining, fabrication, electronics and assembly).
After working in automotive, Mr. Shields moved to the world of aerospace where he served as Vice President – North America Purchasing for the Safran Group. In this role he established the North America International Purchasing Office, building a team of experts in sourcing, procurement, new program development, lean-sigma, and quality to provide supply chain services to Safran affiliates.
Mr. Shields holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (General Motors Institute) and a MBA from the University of Michigan.