With more than 27 years of automotive industry experience, Patrick Clark serves as senior vice president, chief manufacturing and commercial officer for Cooper Standard, a position he has held since January 2022. In this role, he leads Cooper Standard’s manufacturing operations functions toward world-class levels and has global responsibility for customer satisfaction, business development and automotive profit and loss in support of the Company’s profitable growth targets. He also serves as chair of the Company’s Global Manufacturing Council, which focuses on aligning the global manufacturing organization to implement best practices and improve overall efficiency and effectiveness worldwide.
Based in Mannheim, Germany, he reports to the Company's Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Edwards.
From August 2020 to January 2022, he served as senior vice president, chief global manufacturing officer, where he led Cooper Standard’s automotive and non-automotive manufacturing operations toward world-class levels in support of the Company’s profitable growth targets.
From 2019 to August 2020, he served as senior vice president, chief global engineering and product strategy officer, where he led the Company’s global engineering function to design and develop superior products to meet customer needs, as well as developed product strategy for the Company’s automotive product lines to drive a distinct and sustainable competitive advantage.
From 2017 to 2018, Clark served as vice president, business development. In this role, he was responsible for profitable growth in North America along with overall customer relationships and introducing new innovations to the market.
From 2013 to 2017, Clark was senior director, global product line sealing, where he established the future direction of the Company’s sealing product line in support of Cooper Standard’s vision.
During his time at Cooper Standard, Clark has held leadership positions in engineering, operations, program management, finance, strategy and sales. He has led and supported divestiture and acquisition targets, as well as global initiatives around growth, standardization and innovation to improve the performance of the sealing business. He joined Standard Products, later acquired by Cooper Standard, as an intern in June 1994.
Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Michigan in Dearborn, Mich. Clark also provides executive oversight of Cooper Standard’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Affinity Group.
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