American Seating Announces Major Promotions

June 5, 2002
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GRAND RAPIDS — The chairman and chief executive officer of American Seating Company has promoted two officers — David Weaver and Thomas Bush — to top executive status.

According to Ed Clark, chairman and CEO, Weaver is now the company's new chief operating officer and Bush is its new executive vice president.

Previously, they respectively served the Grand Rapids-based company as vice president of operations and chief financial officer.

Referring in a statement to the new COO, Clark said, "Dave's progress in transforming our operations group over the past year, coupled with his 27 years of business experience at Ford Motor Company, uniquely equip him with the skills necessary to coordinate the efforts of all functional areas at American Seating."

As for Bush, Clark remarked that, "In addition to overseeing the financial areas of the company, Tom will be assuming responsibility for information technology and the leadership for the transition of numbers fragmented business and operating systems into a single integrated enterprise resources planning system.

Bush, who began his career at Chevron, joined the firm a decade ago and has served as its director of financial operations and then as vice president for finance and CFO. He has been on the board of directors four years.

Weaver joined American seating 14 months ago as vice president of operations, making him responsible for all manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, quality, facilities, traffic and manufacturing support for the firm.

Prior to that, he held leadership positions in marketing, planning, engineering and manufacturing at Ford, and also serve as manager of the Cleveland Casting Plant.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and his master's of business administration from Indiana University.

He and his wife, Jean, and their two children live in Ada.

Bush and his wife, Lynn, and their two youngsters also live in Ada.

Bush earned his BS in economics and finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Philadelphia

The company they head is a leading manufacturer of stadium, auditorium, educational and trasportation seating, plus contract office furniture and systems.

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