New Director is Long-Time SME Member
DEARBORN, Mich., March 18, 2010 ― The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that Joe LaRussa, PE, has been named its Director of Membership. LaRussa will be responsible for increasing awareness of the value the Society has to offer manufacturing professionals. Debbie Holton, who was previously responsible for SME’s membership activities, will be assuming a leadership role as Director of Industry Strategy and Product Development, focusing on both existing and new event strategies which engage SME members and outside organizations.
“Joe will be a tremendous asset to the SME management team,” says Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director & general manger of SME. “His work as a volunteer and his understanding of manufacturing at a practical level will assist in the nurturing and development of existing and future members.”
Before joining SME, LaRussa was project manager, customer quality office for Chrysler Group LLC. Prior to that, he held various positions in product development, project management and manufacturing engineering at Visteon Corp., culminating with his position as a mobile electronics project manager. During his tenure at Visteon, LaRussa was responsible for generating profitable revenue and achieving production cost savings for the organization. He holds a BS in electrical engineering, an MS in automotive systems engineering and an MS in engineering management. He has been an SME member since 1994, previously serving as an SME Membership Consultant and was appointed to the SME Member Council in 2009. In 2008, he received the SAE Foundation’s Young Manufacturing Leadership Award.