A former chairman of the AIA’s Young Executive Society and a member of the AIA’s CEO Roundtable has been named director of aftermarket sales for automotive lighting company Lumileds. Dave Illes will be responsible for all sales channels and customers in North America, the company announced.
A veteran of the automotive aftermarket with 25 years under his belt in executive sales and account management, he held a variety of roles prior to joining Lumileds. He was most recently with Tenneco from 2010-2017 as director of national sales – Canada at Tenneco and director of strategic accounts for the North American aftermarket. Illes, who will be based in Farmington Hills, Mich. was also regional sales manager at the company for 11 years prior. He also had a brief stint with Philips Automotive Lighting from 2009-2010.
“We are extremely excited to have Dave Illes heading up our aftermarket sales. Dave comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and sales expertise in the automotive parts industry, as well as the lighting business” said Eric Hatty, Lumileds regional vice president and general manager of North America Automotive. “His proven leadership and sales success in the traditional, retail, performance, and commercial vehicle markets will go a long way in helping us to substantially grow and expand our business. We are very fortunate to have Dave on our team and look forward to his contribution.”