SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—The Original Equipment Suppliers Association has hired Charles Chesbrough as executive director of strategy and research, and as senior economist.
OESA said in a June 2 news release that he joins the association with more than 25 years of experience in utilizing data for quantitative analysis to uncover key metrics across many industries. His primary task will be providing important information and unique analysis of the supplier community.
An OESA spokesman said the association is delighted that Chesbrough has joined the organization, adding that he brings a wealth of experience to the role.
Prior to joining OESA, Chesbrough was the senior principal economist and director of industry analysis at IHS Automotive, where he was responsible for developing and integrating statistical models and economic scenarios into global automotive forecasts, OESA said.
Before his time at IHS, Chesbrough was a senior consultant in Ford Motor Co.'s marketing strategy group, a senior manager at two technology startup companies and a market research project manager. He began his career as a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade.
His role previously was held by David Andrea, who was OESA's senior vice president, industry analysis and economics. Andrea rejoined the Center for Automotive Research as its executive vice president of research in January.
Andrea helped form the nonprofit in 2003, serving as chief financial officer and director of forecasting.
He succeeds Sean McAlinden, who took on a new role as vice president for strategic studies in the fall of 2015.
“It's a different side of the business than with OESA, where we were focused on the commercial issues and doing a good job supporting and representing the suppliers,” Andrea said. “This kind of got me back to the breadth of the entire industry.”
Prior to his time with OESA, Andrea held a variety of roles in his 30-year automotive industry career, including director of forecasting at AutoPacific, automotive equity analyst at Roney & Co., and chief economist at CSM Worldwide.