Tempe, AZ -- February 13, 2002 -- R. David Nelson is set to take over as vice president of global purchasing for tier-one auto supplier Delphi Automotive beginning on March 1.
Nelson comes to Delphi from Deere & Co., where he has served as vice president of strategic sourcing since December 1997.
Prior to joining Deere & Co. in December 1997, Nelson was a corporate officer for 10 years at Honda of America Mfg., in Marysville, Ohio. Nelson's career experience includes purchasing, supply management and various administration and management assignments at Honda of America, Deere & Co. and TRW.
Nelson detailed his experience at the Japanese automaker in the 1998 book Powered by Honda: Developing Excellence in the Global Enterprise, which highlighted the evolution of Honda's supplier development program.
"We are extremely pleased that Dave will join Delphi after his distinguished service at Deere and Honda," said J.T. Battenberg III, Delphi chairman, CEO and president, in a statement. "Deere & Co. is a valued customer and we are pleased that we are able to attract Dave to Delphi without impacting, but rather enhancing, that important relationship."
Nelson replaces Raymond Campbell, Dephi's current vice president of global purchasing, who is to retire April 1, after 37 years of combined service with General Motors Corp. and Delphi.
Commenting on Campbell's retirement, Battenberg noted that Campbell was one of the original executives at Delphi when the company was spun out of GM a few years ago. "His leadership and knowledge helped us move quickly and smoothly to establish an independent purchasing process and dedicated supply chain," Battenberg said.
Nelson will join the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy- making group, and will report to Battenberg.
Nelson serves on the editorial advisory board for iSource Business magazine.