Leadership

Creating an inspiring vision
of the Carlex future

We believe in Value-Based Leadership.

Traditional leadership tends to be focused inward and upward. In a Value-Based Leadership model, leaders lead to serve. Value-Based leaders shift attention away from themselves and focus on the contributions and needs of those around them.

The key traits of our leaders include the ability to listen, seek input from others, admit to their mistakes, empathize, invite trust, act with integrity, treat others with respect, embrace teamwork, and lead by example. Our Value-Based leaders approach each day with humility.

We’ve chosen Value-Based Leadership so everyone at Carlex can grow, develop and achieve their professional goals in an environment that earns trust, fosters excellence, and builds lasting relationships.

Tetsuo "Tim" Kanai

Chief Executive Officer

Education

Bachelor of Science, Political Science and Economics, Meiji University

As Chief Executive Officer, Tim is responsible for the overall management of the company, and has authority over all human resource and budgetary control matters in the company.  He joined Central Glass Co., Ltd. in April 1988.

He has over 15 years of managerial and executive experience, starting in 2003 when he was appointed to Manager of Nagoya Branch of Central Glass’ affiliated company, Central Saint-Gobain Co., Ltd., where he coordinated operations such as support activities and sales efforts for automotive glass.  Likewise, as Manager of Glass Business Planning Department of Central Glass Co., Ltd., he was responsible for business planning and restructuring the glass business. Through various experiences assigned to different units, he acquired extensive knowledge in the automotive glass industry, from day-to-day operations of glass production to the overall manufacturing process.

Tim managed the business strategy group at Central Glass America, Inc., which is a holding company of Carlex Glass America, LLC. and wholly owned and controlled by Central Glass Co., Ltd. in Japan. He also oversaw the planning and execution of measures to integrate branches for the automotive glass business within North America

Donald P. Michelotti

President and COO

Education

Bachelor of Science & Master of Science, Engineering, West Virginia University

Don brings a comprehensive background in business leadership, sales and marketing, general management, manufacturing management and sales management. Don has led the automotive replacement business to significant top- and bottom-line growth, and has forged strategic industry alliances. He also oversees sales, advanced product development and operations for the business.

Previously, Don served as executive vice president and held commercial and leadership responsibilities for global OEM sales teams. He has led turn-around situations at several manufacturing sites in the United States and Canada, and been responsible for multi-site manufacturing operations throughout North America.

Don is a registered professional engineer, holds six U.S. Patents, and has completed continuing executive education studies at Columbia University and the University of Michigan.

David Kaufman

Senior Vice President, Operations
Managing Director of Carlex Glass Luxembourg S.A.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Purdue University

Masters of Business Administration, Finance, University of Saint Francis

Certifications

General Management, The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia

On January 2019, David was promoted to senior vice president, operations, responsible for safety, quality and manufacturing excellence and technologies for our glass float operation, fabrication plants and associated value add centers.  Since January 2017, he also holds the title of managing director, Carlex Glass Luxembourg S.A., having full P&L responsibility for Carlex in Europe.

Prior to assuming operational responsibilities, he was senior vice president, OEM and led the global OEM business strategy, commercial excellence, product engineering, and program management.

He began his career in the automotive glass industry in 2000 as a program manager with Guardian Automotive.  While at Guardian, he progressed into the following roles of increasing responsibility:  European sales manager, director of sales North America and global vice president sales, product engineering, program management and business development. He joined Carlex in November 2014 where he and others contributed in the successful acquisition and integration of Guardian Automotive into the Carlex family.

Prior to Guardian Automotive, David worked at Navistar International Truck and Engine in the advanced structures and materials engineering group.

He is a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

Ikumasa "Kino" Kinoshita

Senior Vice President Finance

Education

Bachelor of Economics, Business Administration, Yamaguchi University

With more than 15 years of managerial experience within Central Glass Co., Ltd., Carlex Glass Company and a business partner, Saint-Gobain Sekurit China (Shanghai), Kino now serves as the Senior Vice President of the Carlex Group, responsible for Finance. He also has responsibility for Central Glass America, Inc. as a Director and Executive Vice President.

 

Kino began his career at Central Glass Co. Ltd., a parent company of Carlex, in April 1991. During his more than a quarter century of experience working with the company, he has been involved in a wide range of operations, including hiring, manufacturing costing, business planning, administration, and the management of overseas subsidiaries.

Eiji Nakayama

Senior Vice President, Business Planning

Education

Bachelor of Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Eiji serves as Senior Vice President of Business Planning at the Carlex Group, where he has mainly been involved in developing a business and investment plan, and supporting introduction of new production technologies.  In April 2018, he joined the company as Senior Technical Advisor for Special Projects, responsible for technically advising and directing them for installation of facility, development of new facility, and making improvements in mass production.

 

Eiji began his career with Central Glass Co., Ltd., a parent company of Carlex, in April 1991, and has been working with the company for more than 27 years.  From 2007 to 2009, he was appointed as Project Manager at Carlex Glass Company (currently known as the Vonore Glass Plant of Carlex Glass America, LLC).  He was responsible for instructing the locally hired technicians with the techniques of laminated glass production and developing the midterm investment plan.