Visteon appoints new president of North America & Asia

Visteon Corporation continues to build a talented global leadership team with the appointment of James C. Orchard as president of North America & Asia. With more than 25 years experience in the automo…

Visteon Corporation continues to build a talented global leadership team with the appointment of James C. Orchard as president of North America & Asia. With more than 25 years experience in the automotive supplier industry, he brings exceptional talent and knowledge to Visteon. Orchard will have responsibility for the Visteon Customer Business Groups that interface with the automakers headquartered in North America and Asia, and regional responsibility for the manufacturing operations in those areas.He has also been elected an officer of the Company by Visteon“s board of directors. Orchard“s most recent position was CEO, ZF Group North American & South American Operations where he was charged with full P&L responsibility for the company“s regional operations. In January 2000, he became a member of the ZF board of management and, that same year, led the turnaround of the company“s South American Operations. During his career at ZF Group, Orchard was responsible for operations for a multi-billion dollar global business. He successfully led the charge to leverage the company“s strong commitment to innovation, engineering and technology and fully utilize those assets into a profitable, customer-oriented global franchise. Orchard joined ZF in 1990 as president of Lemforder Corporation, the chassis division of ZF Group, where he turned the business around and brought it to fast growth and profitability, primarily through organic growth. In 1997, Orchard was named President and CEO of ZF North America where he played a critical role in integrating the global business with North and South America and played an increasingly shared role in global product development, R&D and technology innovation. In addition to his experience at ZF Group, Orchard brings extensive manufacturing experience from his tenure at Dana Corp., where he held a variety of progressive roles from International Materials Manager to Plant Manager to Director of Assembly Operations for the company“s axle division. Orchard holds degrees in business administration and marketing from Indiana University. He and his wife, Sue, have two sons and three grandchildren.