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Manufacturer fills new leadership roles

November 7, 2018
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Dave Jerovsek
Dave Jerovsek. Courtesy GHSP

An automotive and appliance supplier in the region has filled several new leadership positions.

Grand Haven-based GHSP, a subsidiary of Grand Haven-based JSJ Corporation, said yesterday it created four new executive leadership roles within the company and filled three of them this summer.

Dave Jerovsek was promoted to president, GHSP North America; Davy Ou was promoted to president, GHSP China; and Marc Smeyers was promoted to chief technology officer.

The company is “actively recruiting” candidates for the fourth new role, chief operating officer.

All four executives will report to Tom Rizzi, CEO of GHSP, who took over the company’s top job at the beginning of 2018 and is also executive vice president and COO of JSJ.

“We are extremely fortunate to have this caliber of talent and depth of experience on our leadership team,” Rizzi said. “GHSP’s growth and evolution over the past 10 years has been fueled by the efforts and dedication of team members like these. Until now, we haven’t had the formal leadership team in place to support this transition into new technologies and markets.”

Company’s plans

GHSP plans to use the new executive management team as a “catalyst for new market innovations and growth” — domestically and in China.

In addition to its product offerings in the automotive and high-end appliance markets, GHSP plans to continue expanding into other industries, including commercial vehicle, medical and retail markets.

In August, the company opened a 7,000-square-foot technology innovation site in downtown Grand Haven that houses 20 engineers and designers, the Business Journal previously reported.

Leadership team

Dave Jerovsek has been with GHSP for nine years, joining the company as a director of electronics operations. Most recently, he served as GHSP’s VP of operations. Before joining the company in 2009, he was director of operations at London-based Invensys and Spring Lake-based Medallion Instrumentation Systems.

He holds an associate’s degree in electronics technology from Baker College and a B.B.A. in financial analysis and business leadership Baker College.

Davy Ou has been with GHSP for 16 years, starting as a principal engineer in shift systems. Most recently, he served as VP and general manager of GHSP China. Prior to GHSP, he was a lead product engineer of steering systems at Delphi Automotive Systems, Beijing Tech Center.

He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing and an M.E. degree in manufacturing from the University of Michigan.

Marc Smeyers joined GHSP in 2016 and most recently served as VP of engineering. Prior to coming to GHSP, he served as director of electronics engineering for Zeeland-based Gentex. He also held roles in hardware and software engineering at Holland-based Johnson Controls Automotive.

He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University.

GHSP

Founded in 1924 as a metal stamping company, GHSP designs and manufactures control systems and technology solutions primarily for the automobile and high-end appliance industries.

Its products include touchscreens, Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-connected controls, auto shifters and high-tech interfaces.

GHSP has locations in Michigan, Mexico, China, Japan and Germany.

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