Leadership Team

Driven by Excellence

Guided by a common vision and purpose, our executive leadership establishes the strategic road-map to achieve heightened levels of excellence.

Our leadership team fosters an environment that challenges the status-quo and leverages innovative thinking and teamwork to overcome challenges. Get to know this exceptional team that is driving the exciting future for DURA.

Carl Beckwith

Chief Executive Officer

Carl Beckwith was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 25, 2021. In this role, Carl leads all strategic and operational initiatives across the global enterprise. Carl joins Dura to lead its next phase of revitalization and growth, as the company builds on its legacy as a leader in vehicle lightweighting, mechatronics, and exterior trim solutions. Dura has announced the investment and launch of four new facilities in 24 months across Europe and the United States to support the rapidly growing market for electric vehicles, including the increasing demand for structural EV battery enclosures.

Carl brings Dura 25 years of global automotive leadership and operational excellence experience in manufacturing and with Tier 1 automotive suppliers. His senior leadership roles span operations, commercial, engineering, and program management. Carl built his career on fostering organizational focus toward serving the customer. He delivers winning outcomes through successful collaborations among company leaders and driving cross-business unit operational best-practice sharing, benchmarking, and policy deployment to elevate operational excellence and continuous improvement across organizations.

Before joining Dura, Carl was Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Dana Incorporated, responsible for its global operations. Before Dana, Carl spent 11 years with International Automotive Components (IAC), where he most recently served as President, Americas. Before that role, he worked as senior vice president, North American operations for IAC. Carl has led operations while based in Sweden and the United States. He held significant operational leadership roles with Lear Corporation and Tower Automotive and began his career as a process engineer with Lockheed Martin.

In 2019, Carl was recognized by Automotive News as a Rising Star in the automotive supplier industry. He has earned a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Heather Klish

President & Chief Operating Officer

Heather Klish joined Dura as Company President in March 2021. Heather has over 20 years of leadership experience with a focus on engineering and operational excellence. She institutes cultural change and lean process methodologies to drive turnarounds and achieve sustainable operational excellence in high-potential manufacturing organizations.

Prior to joining Dura, Heather was Vice President Global Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, and Integration for Borg Warner. Before that, she was Vice President Global Manufacturing and Lean for Delphi Technologies, since 2019 and through Borg Warner’s acquisition of Delphi. From 2015-2019 Heather was Vice President of Operations for AxleTech, a global heavy-duty axle and drivetrain component supplier. From 2008-2015 she served in leadership positions at Acument Global Technologies, most recently as Vice President of Supply Chain & Lean Enterprise. From 2005-2008 Heather led various manufacturing roles for American Axle and Manufacturing, including Global Lean Manufacturing and Materials Systems Executive Manager. She began her career as a co-op student at General Motors in product development.

Heather was recognized in 2020 as one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry by Automotive News. In 2018 she was recognized by The Manufacturing Institute as a STEP Ahead honoree and emerging leader.

Heather holds a BSME from Kettering University and received a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Stephen Johnston

Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Johnston is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for DURA Automotive Systems. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the company’s financial strategy and activities, including accounting, financial controlling, financial reporting, treasury, and tax matters worldwide.

Stephen joins DURA Automotive bringing 25 years of diverse, global experience as a Tier 1 divisional CFO, corporate controller and Big 4 partner. Prior to joining DURA, Stephen served as the Tower Automotive North American CFO, a $1.6B manufacturer of engineered metal structures and complex welded assemblies for body and chassis. As a member of the North American leadership team, Stephen was responsible for the financial performance of critical program launches for key customers, including Ford, FCA and BMW. As North American CFO, Stephen managed the financial performance of the regions 14 plants and 5,700 employees in North America prior to the successful sale of Tower to Autokiniton.

Until 2017, Stephen was the corporate controller and global chief accounting officer at Nexteer Automotive, a $3.6B global Tier 1 manufacturer of electric power steering and driveline systems. In 2016 he served as Interim CFO representing the company with external stakeholders, including investors, analysts and credit
ratings agencies. While at Nexteer, Stephen led the implementation of financial reporting systems, the design of a global enterprise risk management system and the establishment of a new corporate accounting, reporting and controls function.

Prior to joining Nexteer, Stephen was a partner with KPMG, based in Detroit. During his career, Stephen served as a national instructor, regional quality control leader and audit partner. From 2006 to 2008, Stephen completed an assignment in Asia Pacific as part of the firm’s Capital Markets group, focused on supporting the efficient execution of cross border capital markets transactions. From 1998 to 2002, he was assigned to KPMG Germany supporting key national accounts with SEC filing requirements.

Stephen is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Sanjay Singh

Chief Technology Officer

Sanjay Singh, EVP and Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for DURA’s overall innovation and global technology agenda. Sanjay’s responsibilities include shaping DURA’s technology strategy, as the company continues its path of growth and leadership in the areas of lightweight structures, smart exterior trim systems, mechatronics, human-machine-interfaces and advanced mobility solutions.

Sanjay has more than 25 years of experience as a leader in the automotive industry. He began his career at General Motors in 1991 as a project engineer in structural design of driveline, steering systems and advanced R&D, followed by design/release/integration of vehicle systems. After working for GM for 10 years, Sanjay joined TRW engineering leadership, where he developed chassis systems and launched the first 12-volt belt drive electric power steering (EPS) for mid-size cars and SUVs in North America. From 2013-2016, Sanjay held the position of Global Executive Director of Engineering at Nexteer Automotive followed by Executive Technical Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at Cresttek-JSP Corporation, leading development in the areas of chassis and powertrain
controls, active safety, autonomous mobility, vehicle dynamics, vehicle connectivity to smart cities, and virtual testing for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS).

Sanjay holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India.

Sean McGuire

Chief Commercial Officer (Interim)

Sean McGuire is interim Chief Commercial Officer for DURA Automotive Systems. In this role he serves as a member of the executive leadership team, with responsibility for all sales, marketing and new business development strategy worldwide.

Sean’s extensive marketing career includes agency and corporate experience with global suppliers, OEM’s, and new technology start-ups in the automotive, aerospace, and military mobility sectors. He has represented more than eighty client products and services with businesses ranging from $50 million to $8 billion in revenue.

Prior to founding the CMO Marketing Solutions consultancy in 2010, Sean served in significant leadership roles for DURA. From 2005–2009, he was Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications, leading teams in new business acquisition, investor relations, branding, and corporate strategy.

In 2008, Sean co-led the “Engine of Democracy” public relations program in Washington DC, representing a coalition of automotive suppliers in support of bridge loans for automakers.

Prior to that, he served from 2001-2005 for DURA as Director of Strategic Marketing, and from 1999-2001 was Director of Product Marketing & Advanced Technology. From 1986-2001 Sean held management roles in engineering, business development, and program management.

Sean holds a BSME from GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering University) and earned his MBA from the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University.

Charles Clevenger

Chief Procurement Officer

Charles K. “Charlie” Clevenger joined Dura in August
2017 as Global Vice President, Total Value Management. Charlie currently serves as the Chief Procurement Officer and leads the supply chain and value management activities for the company.

Charlie started his career at Allison Transmission, the world’s premier engineering and manufacturing company for commercial and military automatic transmissions. At Allison, he served in a several positions of increasing responsibility in the operations and procurement functions. In 1998, he joined Delphi Automotive Systems in Paris, France. While at Delphi, he served in various global procurement and business leadership roles while based in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.

Charlie is a graduate of Purdue University, and also completed Executive Development Programs at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Thunderbird Global School of Management.

Pierre Glozbach

General Counsel

Dr. Pierre Glozbach is General Counsel for DURA Automotive Systems. In this role he leads all legal counsel for the global organization.

Pierre has over 15 years of experience advising multinational companies on complex and diverse global legal, compliance, business and risk management matters. He brings with him a broad spectrum of international experience, both as an external and an inhouse counsel covering myriad industries, including steel, specialty materials, medical device and automotive.

Before joining DURA, Pierre was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a privately owned medium-sized steel company headquartered in Germany. Prior to that he was a Senior Associate with a leading German commercial law firm.

Pierre earned his law school degrees from the Universities of Bonn and Duesseldorf and a PhD from the University of Maastricht.