Edward J Gulda
Ed began his professional career as a missile systems engineer for LTV Aerospace, making the transition to automotive engineering with Ford, and then to the supply industry with Rockwell International. There he served as VP of Engineering for the Automotive Group.
At Rockwell he also led a successful internal venture in onboard electronics as General Manager. This was the first application of GPS in vehicles.
He went on to become President of ITT Teves America, now part of Continental AG. Later, he served on the team which acquired Kelsey Hayes from the Fruehauf Corporation, becoming the Chief Executive and leading the troubled company into industry leadership in braking systems. During his tenure, his team built several major facilities, expanded others, built its first European plant and headquarters, and initiated joint ventures in Japan and China. Two successful public offerings were successfully concluded, and a merger was later negotiated.
He then joined a private equity project to acquire four manufacturing supply plants from General Motors. Upon deal completion he became Chairman and CEO of the new $1.2B company for the startup and transition. A number of add-on acquisitions were also accomplished.
He has been blessed to help develop outstanding leaders and great teams in operations ranging from foundries and metal fabrication to mobile electronics and software.
To continue this work, he founded the Gulda Group in 1998.