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News   November 9, 2016   by CARS Magazine

Dayco names Charles R. Baker senior vice president of RD&E and program management

Charles (Charlie) R. Baker has joined Dayco as senior vice president of research, development and engineering (RD&E) and program management.

Baker brings more than 35 years of experience in product development, program management and engineering to Dayco.

Before joining Dayco, Baker served as executive director of product marketing for General Motors’ (GM) Gem program, a portfolio of vehicles for China, Brazil, Mexico and other global markets.

Prior to this, Baker held executive leadership positions in engineering and product development at Honda Motor Company, Johnson Controls, and Harley-Davidson.

“We are very excited to have Charlie Baker join Dayco in the role of senior vice president of RD&E and program management,” said John Bohenick, chief executive officer for Dayco. “I have known Charlie my entire career starting with both of us working at General Motors. I have learned a lot from him and his passion for engineering, his high intensity level, and his personal care for quality of work, balanced with time to laugh and enjoy life, will be a valuable addition to Dayco. I look forward to his leadership to continue to drive innovation and excellence in our global RD&E and disciplined program management focused on flawless launches.”

Baker earned a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering with an electrical engineering minor from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Michigan. He holds patents in engine, seat and infotainment design.

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