NOVI, Mich. (Oct. 2, 2012)—James S. McElya is retiring as president and CEO of Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. on Oct. 15, and Jeffrey S. Edwards, a 28-year veteran of the global automotive industry, will succeed him.
McElya, 65, will continue as chairman of the maker of automotive sealing, fluid and anti-vibration systems. Edwards also will become a member of the board of directors.
Edwards, 50, recently headed the Automotive Experience Asia group for Johnson Controls Inc., where has served as corporate vice president, group vice president and general manager. He also has been group vice president and general manager for Automotive Experience North America, and held the same posts for product and business development for Johnson Controls.
McElya has spent more than 33 years in automotive industry positions. He has been Cooper-Standard chairman and CEO since March 2009, and also held those posts from 2006 to 2008.
He has been president of Cooper-Standard Automotive and a corporate vice president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., previous owner of Cooper-Standard, and has worked for Siebe Automotive Worldwide and Handy & Harman.