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Fall Conference - Speakers 1989-90

Don H. Davis, Jr.
Allen-Bradley Company

Don H. Davis, Jr., former senior vice president and general manager of the Industrial Computer and Communication Group of Allen-Bradley Co., was named president of the company in July 1989.

Mr. Davis joined Allen-Bradley in 1963 as a sales representative, later serving as a district and regional sales manager before being named vice president and general manager of the company's Programmable Controller Division at High Heights. He became seniro vice president of the Industrial Control Group, Milwaukee, in 1986.

An engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, where he also earned a master's degree in business administration, Mr. Davis has had key executive management roles in establishing several of Allen-Bradley's advanced technology manufacturing facilities in Milwaukee; Dublin, Ga.; and Twinsburg, Ohio. He also had a key role in directing the development and launch in October 1988 of an Allen-Bradley family of products that has been called a major breakthrough in industrial automation. Known as the Pyramid Interator, this product family enables vital factory production and other data to be communicated electronically among all areas of a company without expensive custom software or hardware interfaces.

Allen-Bradley is a major manufacturer of industrial automation controls and systems including data acquisition, communications and quality management products.


C. Fred Fetterolf

C. Fred Fetterolf, president and chief operating officer for Alcoa, was bron in Franklin, Pennsylvania. He also is a director of Alcoa.

Mr. Fetterolf joined Alcoa in 1952 as a sales trainee in Pittsburgh after receiving a bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Grove City College. He became a chemical and general salesman at Cincinnati, Ohio in 1953 and later served in sales assignments in Louisville, Kentucky and San Francisco.

Mr. Fetterolf returned to Pittsburgh in 1965 when he was promoted to industry assistant - flexible packaging, a position he held unitil 1969 when he moved to Los Angeles as assistatnt district sales manager. He became district sales manager in Philadelphia in 1971, returned to Pittsburgh as industry manager - defense in 1974, and became general manager - marketing in 1975, and general manager  - operations, mill products in April 1977. He was elected a vice president in June 1977 and named vice president - Alcoa smelting process project in February 1979. He became vice president - operations, primary products in August 1979, and vice president -science and technology in February 1981. He was made executive vice president - mill products in July 1981 and elected a director and presdent in February 1983. He assumed the office of president in April 1983 and was appointed chief operating officer in April 1985.

Mr. Fetterolf is a director of a number of corporations and serves on various civic and educational organizations. He is the recipient of the Grove City College Alumni Achievement Award.


David O. Nellemann
Andersen Consulting

David Nellemann, a senior partner in the Chicago office of Andersen Consulting, specializes in information systems for the manufacuturing industry. Since joining the firm in 1961, he has gained extensive international experience in the design and installation of manufacturing planning and control systems and has helped large and small companies in the development of manufacturing strategies, computer-based production and inventory management systems, as well as financial planning and control systems.

As worldwide director of the Arthur Andersen manufacturing industry practice from 1967 to 1978, Mr. Nellemann was instrumental in advancing and expanding the pool of knowledge available to manufacturing professionals within and outside the firm. During the same period, Mr. Nellemann was managing director of the Products Group in the Chicago office, responsible for over 250 consultants. For the past ten years, Mr. Nellemann has been managing partner of Arthur Andersen's worldwide industry program at World Headquarters in Chicago. He directed research and development, training, and marketing activities and helped establish the strategic direction of the firm's industry specialization programs. He also helped initiate Aurthur Andersen's extremely successful Just-in-Time productivity servies and its Systems Integration practice for Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Mr. Nellemann began his career as a process engineer for U.S. Steel, and holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Northwestern University.


Louis R. Ross
Executive Vice President
International Automotive Operations
Ford Motor Company

Mr. Ross is executive vice president - International Automotive Operations, Ford Motor Company, and a member of the company's Board of Directors. He assumed his present position May 1, 1989. He was elected an executive vice president of the company in April 1977 and was named to head Ford's North American Automotive Operations February 1, 1985, when he also was elected to the Board. Prior to 1985, he served two years as executive vice president - Technical Staffs. From 1979 through 1982, Mr. Ross was executive vice president -Car Product Development for North America. Before that he served as executive vice president - Ford Diversified Products Operations since April 1977.

He joined Ford in 1955 as a research engineer and held a variety of engineering positions before being named Thunderbird product planning manager in 1963. He entered manufacturing in 1967 as quality control manager for the General Parts Division, and later served as manager of the company's Saline, Michigan plant as division chief engineer and as general operations manager. Mr. Ross became general manager of the compnay's former Industrial and Chemical Products Divison in 1972, and a year later was named general manager of the former Industrial Engine and Turbine Division. He later served as vice president of Ford Brazil and as general manger of Ford Tractor Operations before taking over Ford Diversified Products Operations. He was elected a company vice president in May 1975.

Mr. Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University and a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University. He received MSU's 1980 Outstanding Alumnus Award.


Leroy B. Schwarz
Director, Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises; Professor of Management
Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

Professor Schwarz teaches operations management and manufacturing. His current research interests include multi-level production/inventory control systems, computer models in manufacturing and distribution, and manufacturing/distribution stategy.

His book include Multi-Level Production/Inventory Control Systems: Theory and Practice; and Micro-Computer Software for Operations Management, co-authored with James Freeland. Professor Schwarz's research articles have appeared in Management Science, Naval Research Lgistics Quarterly, AIEE Transactions, and Operations Research. He is an APICS Fellow (CFPIM) and a member of TIMS, ORSA, OMA, APICS, and the AIEE.

Professor Schwarz served five years as departmental editor in manufacturing, distribution, and inventory for Management Science. He is currently associate editor of the journal.

Before joining the Purdue University, Professor Schwarz was an instructor at the University of Chicago; an assistant professor at Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College; an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Management, Univeristy of Rochester; a systems analyst for IBM; and a staff consultant for Ernst and Ernst.

In 1987 Professor Schwarz was named the Ameritech Foundation Fellow in Manufacturing Management and selected to be the first director of Purdue University's Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises.


Carolyn Y. Woo
Associate Professor of Management
Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

Professor Woo teaches strategic management where her interests include corporate and competitive strategy analyses strategy implementation, planning process design and evaluation, statistics, and econometrics and multivariate modeling. Her research areas include the critical assessment of the caveats and appropriateness of market share building as a means to profitability, and identifying strategic entrepreneurship.

She has published in the Harvard Business Review, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal and in a umber of books.

Professor Woo received a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1975, a Master of Science in Industrial Administration in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Management in 1979 from Purdue University.

Professor Woo has served as a consultatnt to both large and small companies and teaches executive education seminars and in Krannert's Executive Masters Degree Program. She was the 1987 recipient of the Salgo-Noren Award for outstanding teaching in the graduate management programs at Purdue.


Michael A. Campion
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Krannert School of Mangement, Purdue University

Professor Campion's main teaching interests are in human resource management, organizational behavior, and industrial and organizational psychology. His current research interests are in job design, personnel selection, and employee movement. Other areas of interest include organizational development and human factors engineering.

His previous industrial experience includes four years each at IBM Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company, where he held a variety of personnel research and management positions. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and serves on the editorial boards of Personnel Psychology and Journal of Applied Psychology. He is the recipient of the 1987 Jay N. Ross young Faculty Scholar Award presented by the Krannert School of Management and Arthur Andersen & Co., the recipient of the 1987 Academy of Management Best Paper Award for the Personnel/Human Resource Division, and the recipient of the 1983 S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award presented by the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


W. Dale Compton
Lillian M. Gilbreth Distinguished Professor of Industrial Engineering
School of Industiral Engineering, Purdue University
Professor Compton began his career as a research physicist at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, California and later the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He then taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a professor of physics. In 1970 he began work for Ford Motor Company as director of the chemistry and physical science laboratory. In 1973 he became vice president for research. From 1986-88 he was a senior fellow at the National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC. He became the Lillian M. Gilbreth Distinguished Professor of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University in 1988. 

Professor Compton has authored or co-authored over 50 publications, including the following most recent publications: Technological Trends in Automobiles (August 1984), Alternate Fuels: A Technology That is Ready (April 1985), Materials for Ground Transportation (October 1986), The Engineering Research Center: Are we Prepared for the Challenges? (Spring 1987), Design and Analysis of Integrated Manufacturing Systems (1988), and The Changing Face of Basic Research (Nov. 1988).

Professor Compton received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Wabash College, a Master of Science in Physcis from the University of Oklahoma, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois.


Michael A. Flexsenhar
Plant Manager -
Lafayette Facility
Caterpillar Inc.

Mr. Flexsenhar served in the United States Air Force as a communications officer for four years after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University.

Mr. Flexsenahr joined Caterpillar Inc. in 1965 in the East Peoria Caterpillar Plant as a Plant Operations Trainee. He became a factory foreman in 1966 in Milwaukee and a general foreman in 1969. After a number of other manufacturing supervisory and management assignments in Aurora and East Peoria, he became an assistant manufacturing mananger at the Davenprot Caterpillar Plant in 1979. 

In 1980, Mr. Flexsenhar was named plant manager of the compnay's Dallas, Oregon plant. In 1984 he was named plant manager of the company's Leicester, England plant. Mr. Flexsenhar was named the plant manager of Caterpillar's Lafayette, Indiana engine facility in January 1987.


Lewis N. Sears, Jr.
Vice President, Human Relations -
TRW Automotive Sector
TRW Inc.

Lewis N. Sears, Jr. was named to his current position as vice president, human relations, TRW Automotive Sector, in June 1989. He holds worldwide responsibility for the sector's human resources planning and development, organization development, employee relations, and compensation and benefits.

Mr. Sears joined TRW's Company Staff in 1987 as vice president, human resources management, after more than 20 years with General Electric.

He joined General Electric's financial management program in 1966 and graduated from the company's employee relations management program in 1969. From 1969 through 1980, Mr. Sears held positions of increasing responsibility in union relations, organization and management, and human resource management in General Electric's aircraft engine and aerospace businesses. In 1981 he became an organization and management consultant for General Electric's industrial, international, engineered materials, and medical systems operartions.

Mr. Sears received a bachelor's degree in English from Williams College and a master's degree in business administration from Xavier University.


James L. Kleck
Plant Director of Tippecanoe Laboratories
Eli Lilly and Company

Mr. Kleck as Plant Director of Tippecanoe Laboratories of Eli Lilly and Company oversees the facility's production operations which support the bulk manufacture of pharmaceutical, agricultural chemicals, and animal health products.

He received a Bachelor of Science dgree from Defiance College in 1965 and a Master of Science dgree from the University of Toledo in 1967. He joined Lilly that same year a s a microbiologist.

Career positions since joining Lilly include assignments at several facilities for Lilly in areas of industrial relations, compensation development, chemical manufacturing, antibiotics production, and bio-synthetic production.

Mr. Kleck currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lafayette National Bank; Lafayette Community Foundation; Greater Lafayette Progress, Inc.; Lay Advisory Council of St. Elizabeth Hospital; and Community Task Force. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the 1989 Greater Lafayette United Way Campaign.