Majdi Abulaban was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2019. Prior to joining Superior, Mr. Abulaban was employed by Aptiv PLC (formerly Delphi Automotive) (NYSE: APTV) as the Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Signal and Power Solutions Segment from January 2017 to April 2019. From February 2012, Mr. Abulaban served as the Senior Vice President and Group President, Global Electrical and Electronic Architecture Segment and President of Aptiv Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Mr. Abulaban held various business unit leadership positions with Delphi in China, Singapore, and the United States. Mr. Abulaban is currently a member of the Board of Directors of SPX FLOW, Inc. (NYSE: FLOW), a global supplier of highly specialized, engineered solutions.
Mr. Abulaban holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Matti Masanovich was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2018. Prior to joining Superior, Mr. Masanovich was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at General Cable Corporation from 2016 to 2018. Previously, Mr. Masanovich served as the short-term Vice President and Controller of International Automotive Components, an automotive interiors supplier. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Masanovich served in various roles at APTIV (formerly Delphi Automotive), an automotive technology company, including the Global Vice President of Finance, Packard Electrical and Electronic Architecture Division in Shanghai, China from 2013 to 2016 and Vice President and Chief Audit Executive. Prior to 2011, Mr. Masanovich served in various executive positions with both public and private companies.
Mr. Masanovich began his career in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Masanovich holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor. Mr. Masanovich is also a Chartered Accountant.
Joanne Finnorn was appointed as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary effective in September 2017. Ms. Finnorn began her career as an attorney with General Motors working in their Detroit headquarters facility before taking the role of General Counsel for their GMAC European Operations in Zurich, Switzerland. Ms. Finnorn also spent 7 years as Vice President & General Counsel for OnStar LLC. Most recently, she served as Vice President, General Counsel & Compliance Officer at Amerisure Insurance. Ms. Finnorn obtained her Bachelor degree from Alma college and her Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.
DR. WOLFGANG HILLER
Dr. Wolfgang Hiller was appointed as Senior Vice President of European Operations and Aftermarket in July 2017. Prior to that, he was COO of UNIWHEELS AG. Dr. Hiller has more than 26 years of international experience in the automotive industry.
Before his engagement at UNIWHEELS, he worked as Managing Director Automotive for an investment company located in Dubai. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Hiller served as CEO of Buderus-Guss, a manufacturer of automotive brake discs. Apart from that, he spent six years with Bosch Japan & Thailand, where he held a position as Board Member and Senior Managing Director, being in charge of the Chassis Division / Global Sales JOEM and the ASEAN Region.
Dr. Hiller holds a Master degree in Physics and subsequently acquired a Doctorate in Physics and Nuclear Medicine at University of Bonn.
Parveen Kakar is Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development since 2014. He joined Superior in June 1989 as Director of Engineering Services and has held positions of increasing responsibilities within the Company.
Since July 2008, Mr. Kakar was Senior Vice President of Corporate Engineering and Product Development. Prior to that, he served as Director of Engineering Services, where he was instrumental in aligning product development and manufacturing processes for improved new product introduction for OEM programs. Mr. Kakar holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in India.
DR. KARSTEN OBENAUS
Dr. Karsten Obenaus has been Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Europe since July 2017. In 2003, Dr. Obenaus became Head of Controlling at the German alloy wheel producer ATS. After the takeover of ATS by UNIWHEELS in 2008, he completed his financial expertise by taking the roles of Head of Accounting, Head of Risk Management, Head of Controlling and CFO Polish Operations. In the course of the transformation into a stock company (AG) in November 2014, Dr. Karsten Obenaus was appointed CFO of UNIWHEELS AG.
He started his professional career in 1994 and obtained accounting and finance positions at Deutsche Industrie-Treuhand, Goedecke AG (Pfizer Group) and EMTEC (BASF Group).
SHAWN J. PALLAGI
Shawn J. Pallagi was appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer effective December 2016. Before that, Mr. Pallagi served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President at Remy International, one of the largest producers of electrical replacement components for the automotive aftermarket.
Mr. Pallagi joined Remy as Vice President of Human Resources in 2011 and prior to that, he engaged in executive level management and human resources consulting. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pallagi held several management positions at General Motors Corporation, including Executive Director of Human Resources of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations from 2005 through 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
Robert M. Tykal was appointed as Senior Vice President of North American Operations effective June 2017. From 2013 through 2016, he served as Vice President of Global Operations for Gilbarco Veeder Root at Fortive Corporation, a leading global provider of integrated technology solutions in the retail petroleum industry.
Before that, Mr. Tykal was President of Jacobs Vehicle Systems of Danaher Corporation, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of DaimlerChrysler AG/MTU Drive Shafts. Prior to joining MTU, he worked at Detroit Diesel Corporation for 18 years, where he served as Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Tykal earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.