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Mattingly, Forcier join Lear

Bill Mattingly, who had been vice president of Electrical/Electronics Engineering Core at Chrysler LLC has joined Lear Corporation as vice president – Engineering for Lear’s Global Electrical and Electronics Division. Jason Forcier, formerly regional president, automotive electronics for Robert Bosch LLC, with responsibility for Bosch's North American automotive electronics business, has also joined Lear as vice president and general manager – Global Electronics. Both men will report to Ray Scott, Lear senior vice president and president of Lear’s Global Electrical and Electronics Division.

Lear is a global supplier of automotive seating, electrical distribution systems and electronics products. Mattingly will be responsible for global engineering, including new product innovation, product development and on-going technical support of Lear's electrical and electronics portfolio. He will also will lead Lear's new global Center of Excellence for hybrid electric and high-voltage power systems, and be responsible for the globalization of wireless products, terminals and connectors, and smart junction box technology.

"A priority for Lear is to expand its presence in the global automotive electrical and electronics segment," said Scott. "To support our growth and margin improvement objectives, we need world-class engineering support to execute our plan. I am extremely pleased to welcome someone with Bill's industry knowledge and experience in automotive electronics to lead Lear's global electrical and electronics engineering team in developing and designing innovative solutions for this rapidly expanding product segment."

Forcier will oversee all aspects of Lear's Global Electronics business, which includes products such as smart junction boxes, body controllers and gateway modules, wireless devices, lighting electronics and infotainment systems.

"We believe there is tremendous opportunity to grow our core body electronics business as customers seek innovative solutions that provide improved functionality as well as cost, weight and packaging advantages," said Scott.

Andreas A. Schell, who had been Chrysler LLC Director - Recovery and Transformation Plan (RTP) and Strategy, has replaced Mattingly as vice president - Electrical/Electronics Engineering Core at Chrysler. He will be responsible for all electrical and electronics engineering design, development, quality and "voice of the customer" activities.

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