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Gentex names Steve Downing CFO

June 4, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Zeeland-based Gentex is a global manufacturer of products for the automotive, aerospace and fire industries. Photo via fb.com

Zeeland-based auto supplier Gentex Corp. has reported that the company’s chief financial officer and vice president of finance has left the company.

“Steve Dykman is a longtime, valued associate at Gentex, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Gentex Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Bauer.

Bauer also said that the company named Steve Downing, previously the company’s vice president of commercial management, to succeed Dykman as the company's CFO and vice president of finance.

Gentex manufactures automatic dimming rear view mirrors and camera based lighting and driver-assist systems for the automotive industry, as well as commercial fire-protection products and dimmable aircraft windows.

“The Gentex foundations of devotion to quality, devotion to innovation, ownership mentality and unpretentious management give us a cohesive and cooperative leadership team with a deep bench,” Bauer said. “Steve Downing has 11 years of success and increasing responsibility in cost accounting, quotation development, forecasting, strategic partnerships and new business development that is central to all of the company’s sales today. We view this change as an opportunity for Mr. Downing to grow his already important contributions to the day-to-day management of the company and to further use his exceptional analytical skills."

Downing is a summa cum laude graduate of Liberty University, with a bachelor’s degree in finance and management.

Gentex also announced that Kevin Nash has been appointed chief accounting officer.

The finance and accounting department will otherwise remain intact.

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