DEARBORN, Mich., March 17, 2010 — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that Joe LaRussa, PE, has been named director of membership. LaRussa will be responsible for increasing the value of SME membership. His first official day as membership director will be Monday, April 5. Debbie Holton, who was previously responsible for SME's membership activities, will be assuming a leadership role as director of industry strategy and product development focused on both existing and new event strategies, which engage SME members and outside organizations.
"Joe will be a tremendous asset to the SME management team. His work as a volunteer and his understanding of manufacturing at a practical level will assist in the nurturing and development of existing and future members," said Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director & general manager of SME.
Prior to joining SME, LaRussa was a project manager – customer quality office for Chrysler Group LLC. Previously, he was a mobile electronics project manager at Visteon Corp. During his 11-year career at Visteon, LaRussa held various positions in product development, project management, and manufacturing engineering, generating profitable revenue and achieving production cost savings. LaRussa holds a BS in electrical engineering, an MS in automotive systems engineering and an MS in engineering management. He has been an SME member since 1994, previously served as an SME Membership Consultant, a community advisor for the Product & Process Design and Management Community, and was appointed to the SME Member Council in 2009. In 2008, he received the SAE Foundation's Young Manufacturing Leadership Award.
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