Human Resources and Manufacturing

Auto supplier hires chief HR officer

January 8, 2019
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Kristee Mahler
Kristee Mahler. Courtesy ADAC Automotive

An automotive supplier in the area has selected its new human resources leader.

Cascade Township-based ADAC Automotive said last month it welcomed Kristee Mahler as its new EVP and chief HR officer, effective Sept. 24.

Mahler is a member of the senior executive team and reports to Jim Teets, ADAC president and CEO.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kristee to ADAC Automotive,” Teets said. “She brings a wealth of experience, a passion for people and an understanding of family-held business dynamics such as ADAC’s.

“As we look to the future of our business, we need leaders who embrace change, encourage innovation and inspire learning and growth, and Kristee brings those attributes to ADAC.”


Mahler leads and manages all human resources functions, including compensation and benefits, organizational development, employee health and safety and corporate communications.

She is responsible for company-wide performance management and hiring practices, as well as the attraction, selection, development, retention and motivation of ADAC’s workforce.

She directs all the people functions of the organization in accordance with ADAC Automotive’s "policies, ethical practices and social values." 

Mahler’s background

Mahler has experience with global manufacturing companies with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.

Mahler has held leadership positions with Brose North America, Valeo and General Motors and most recently served as principal consultant at Human Horsepower in southeast Michigan.

She holds a B.B.A. from Michigan State University.

ADAC Automotive

Founded in 1975, ADAC Automotive is a family-owned tier-one automotive supplier that manufactures exterior and interior door handles with integrated electronics, exterior trim and exterior mirrors.

ADAC employs 1,200 people in nine facilities throughout Michigan and has a presence in Europe, Asia, India, Brazil and Mexico via various strategic partnerships.

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