Chairman and CEO, retired Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership – Plymouth, Michigan
Joe Day is chairman and CEO of Freudenberg-NOK. He was previously president and CEO of the company after being selected in 1988 to establish the North American partnership between Freudenberg & Co. of Germany and NOK, Corp. of Japan. Under Mr. Day’s direction, the Freudenberg-NOK Group has emerged as the global bench-marking company for the practice of “lean” business systems. During his tenure, the company has grown at over 15% per year and has achieved annual sales volume of nearly $4 billion, making the company the world’s 16th largest auto supplier and the second-ranked “globally balanced” company. Mr. Day is the founding chairman of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).