WMU News

Dana VP next speaker in global business lecture series

March 24, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- William Hoenes, vice president of Dana Corp.'s Global Heavy Axle and Brake Division, will speak at Western Michigan University Thursday, April 6.

Hoenes will present his talk "Dana Corporation: A Global Leader in the Automotive Supply Industry," at 4 p.m. in Room 1120 of Schneider Hall. The free public address is part of the Global Business Lecture Series sponsored by the Haworth College of Business' Asian/Pacific Education Program.

Hoenes joined Eaton Corp. as a project engineer in 1968. While rising through the corporate ranks he held positions such as chief engineer of axle housings and manager of materials for Eaton's Truck Components Operations in North America. He worked for five years as general manager of the Axle and Brake Operations in the Americas at Eaton and served a brief stint as general manager of Dana Corp.'s Spicer Heavy Axle Division after that company acquired Eaton's axle and brake operations. In 1998, Hoenes accepted his current position.

Dana Corporation, a Fortune "Global 500" company, employs more than 37,000 people at more than 300 principal facilities located in 32 countries. Also ranked by Fortune as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the world, Dana had sales of more than $13 billion and profits in excess of $675 million in 1999.

Dana is organized into three operating groups: an automotive systems group, a heavy truck group and an off-highway systems group. Kalamazoo's research and design facility, which employs 250 people, is part of the heavy truck group. The company has facilities in North America, Europe, South America and the Asian Pacific region.

Hoenes' talk is the last of four presentations by business leaders with Asian/Pacific expertise in this year's Global Business Lecture Series. The program's 1999-2000 offerings also include a March business export workshop; a study tour to Malaysia, which runs June 15-27; and an international conference called "Facing East/Facing West: A Multidisciplinary Conference on North America's Relations with Asian/Pacific countries," which is scheduled for June 2-3.

To reserve a seat for Hoenes' lecture or for more information about upcoming events, persons should contact Jeanne Wagenfeld in the Haworth College of Business at (616) 387-5069.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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