Douglas E. Patton
Senior Vice President, Engineering Division
DENSO International America, Inc.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Doug Patton is senior vice president of DENSO International America, Inc.’s, Engineering Division overseeing operation of development facilities, testing and technical services, engineering administration and the company’s product engineering.
- He is responsible for climate control; engine management systems and components; engine electrical; safety products; cluster, navigation and body electronics, and small motor engineering.
Areas of expertise
- Executive level overview of all DENSO’s N.A. overall direction, research and development efforts, products and technologies
- Active safety and autonomous vehicle trends and technology
- Human Machine Interface trends and technology
- Powertrain trends and technologies
- Overall systems approach
- Weight reduction (smaller, lighter and more efficient)
History with DENSO
- Patton joined DENSO in 1986 where he managed heavy duty electrical sales and strategic business development for the U.S. on-highway truck market.
- In 1988, he became senior manager of the General Motors account responsible for maintaining customer business.
- In 1993, Patton was promoted to director of Engineering responsible for managing business development for new business segments, overseeing BMW North American business and directing DaimlerChrysler sales activity in the U.S. and Europe.
- In December 1999, Patton became vice president of Customer Development, assuming responsibility for Sales Planning, Ford Business and Heavy Duty/Off Highway Business and Service Center.
- In 2000, he became vice president of Engineering, responsible for overseeing the powertrain, safety and engine electrical engineering groups.
Prior to DENSO
- Before joining DENSO, Patton served as a release engineer and senior market analyst at Caterpillar, Inc. for nine years.
- Patton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1984, both from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
- Board of Directors for the Engineering Society of Detroit
- Board of Directors and Foundation Banquet Leadership Committee for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Member of the Detroit Economic Club
- Member of Lawrence Technological University’s College of Engineering Advisory Board
- Member of Executive Leadership Team of the North American International Powertrain Conference
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