Rafael Barkas

Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain at Gentherm

Mr. Rafael Barkas serves as Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain of the Company. Prior to this role, Mr. Barkas served as Vice President of Battery Thermal Management since October 2018. Mr. Barkas joined Gentherm from Magneti Marelli where he served as the Head of NAFTA Electronics from March 2018 to October 2018. In that role, he was responsible for leading sales, engineering, project management, purchasing, quality and manufacturing for Magneti Marelli’s Electronics Business Line in NAFTA. Prior to Magneti Marelli, Mr. Barkas held various roles of increasing responsibility at Harman International, a subsidiary of Samsung, from September 2004 through March 2018. These roles included responsibility for growth and profitability. He was the Vice President of Operations for the Automotive Audio division, responsible for managing manufacturing and quality across seven sites in North America, China and Europe. Other roles at Harman included Vice President and General Manager of the Automotive Audio division in China, and Director of Business Development and Director of Supply Chain of the Automotive Audio division. Mr. Barkas holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.


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