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Terumo Cardiovascular Group

Michael Brewer was placed as the vice president of enterprise portfolio management for Terumo Cardiovascular Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Terumo CVG develops, manufactures, and distributes medical devices for cardiac and vascular surgery, with an emphasis on cardiopulmonary bypass, intra-operative monitoring, and vascular grafting, and is the exclusive distributor of Vascutek® Vascular Grafts in the U.S.; parent company Terumo Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world. In his role, Mike will be responsible for building a Project Management Office and for the strategic execution and cross-functional engagement of project teams and stakeholders to advance a portfolio of enterprise projects/programs, including major corporate strategic initiatives. He will be accountable for articulating goals, allocating resources, and managing workflows, bringing an enterprise-wide perspective to the metrics and monitoring of projects and ensuring that all processes to achieve these projects are optimized.

Mike comes to Terumo from Tenneco Automotive Ride Performance in Monroe, Michigan, where he served as the vice president of the global Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Truck and Off-Highway businesses, representing $200 million in annual revenue. Accountable for driving top-line growth in the Americas, Europe, China, and India on the conventional and emerging product portfolios and ensuring proper market position and wallet share through a long-term strategic account plan, Mike was able to deliver over $40 million in savings on a $400 million book of business in just 12 months. He led new capital investments of over $120 million in two years as he restructured the footprint, managing operations strategy as well as the public relations, pension, union, legal, and government areas. In addition, Mike was successful in improving on-time/on-budget performance by over 90% in 12 months and stabilizing gross margin performance.

Previously, Mike served as the director of transformation, special projects, and program management at Tenneco; in a succession of program management roles with Johnson Controls Power Solutions, including an ex patriate assignment in China and culminating in being named global director of program management; and as a program manager with Collins and Aikman in Troy, Michigan. He began his career with Lear Corporation as a product engineer, rising to the roles of plant quality manager and platform engineering manager. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and operations engineering and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.

Quick Leonard Kieffer's Patti Hall and Joe Johnston led the search to recruit Mike to Terumo, where his duties will begin on February 17, 2020.


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