J. Scot Sharland is the executive director of the Automotive
Industry Action Group (AIAG), joining the organization in September 2005.
Sharland is leading AIAG’s collaborative industry initiatives to drive cost and
complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and
harmonized business practices.
Previously Sharland was managing director for Grote &
Hartmann GmbH in Germany, a European electrical/ electronics company (now part
of Lear Corporation). Here he succeeded in establishing the start-up of its
North American operations in both the United States and Mexico.
Prior to joining Grote & Hartmann, he was managing
director of Framatome Connectors International’s business start-up in North
America where he gained substantial experience in global operations.
For four years, Sharland was vice president of marketing and
sales for American Team, Inc., a custom molding business providing design,
prototype, tooling, molding, decoration and assembly of plastic parts and
components to automotive OEM and supplier customers. In this position, he
negotiated a successful tooling joint venture with a preeminent Japanese
supplier and collaborative manufacturing agreements with a number of
At the General Electric Company, Sharland spent 13 years
serving in various marketing, sales and management positions of increasing
responsibilities in the company’s specialty materials business serving both OEM
and supplier clients via various channel to markets.
Sharland is a graduate of Syracuse University in Syracuse,
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