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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.

Ikumasa "Kino" Kinoshita

Chief Executive Officer

Education

Bachelor of Economics, Business Administration, Yamaguchi University

As Chief Executive Officer at Carlex, Ikumasa “Kino” Kinoshita brings more than 15 years of managerial experience within Central Glass Co., Ltd., Carlex Glass Company, and a strategic business partner.  He will also continue with his role as a Director and Executive Vice President for Central Glass America, Inc.

 

Kino began his career at Central Glass Co. Ltd., in April 1991. During his more than 30 years 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.  Most recently, Kino served as Carlex’ Senior Vice President of Finance, as well as reporting to Central Glass America, Inc. as a Director and Executive Vice President.

 

With his leadership, Carlex will continue to be focused on developing and delivering innovative products and solutions, providing outstanding customer service, and driving growth.  Kino looks forward to working alongside some of the most talented people, and best customers to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

Donald P. Michelotti

President

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.

Herm Canil

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Education

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Master of Business Administration, Saint Francis University

Herm joined Carlex in 2020 as Chief Operating Officer and brings over 30 years of leadership and in-depth manufacturing experience.  Herm has held senior executive positions in both publicly owned and private equity led automotive glass companies.  To complement his manufacturing background, Herm further developed a comprehensive and strategic understanding of the glass industry by having assumed leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Purchasing, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain over his career.

Herm has significant hands-on experience leading world class manufacturing performance in the production of float glass and all elements of laminated and tempered glass; and has driven multiple turnarounds, restructuring, and integration initiatives.

Herm is a passionate, data-driven, servant leader who uses disciplined management processes and lean tools to drive fundamental process improvements and bottom-line results.

Yuji Matsuoka

Senior Vice President, Finance

Education

Bachelor of Commerce, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

As Senior Vice President of the Carlex Group, Yuji (Hugh) Matsuoka, is responsible for all of the company’s financial activities, including the development and management of budgets, and preparation of financial statements.  He also has the responsibility for Central Glass America, Inc., serving as a Director and CFO.  In March 2018, Hugh joined the organization as Senior Advisor, Finance, responsible for enhancement of finance operations and procedural policies, and improving cash flow operations.

 

In February 2015, Hugh began his career at Central Glass Co. Ltd., the parent company of Carlex, located in Japan.  There he had been involved in a wide range of accounting functions, including consolidation processes, M&A, and the management of overseas subsidiaries.

 

Earlier in his career, Hugh had gained in-depth experience auditing financial statements and internal controls within various companies serving as a Japanese CPA.

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.