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Francis G. Leo

President & CEO

IAT Group

Francis Leo began his 32-year manufacturing career at Johnson Controls, Inc., in 1975 where he served a regional engineering manager with responsibility for building automation systems. He joined Lamb Technicon Corporation in 1979 where he served as manager of the Micro-Electronics Department. In that capacity Mr. Leo was responsible for organizing and developing a micro-electronics department for the company and designing and developing Lamb’s first CAD/CAM group. While at Lamb, he also served as general manager of Corporate Electronics & Controls Systems with responsibility for overseeing the development and supportive activities of several departments including: Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Controls Engineering; Electronics Systems and research & development projects.

In 1985, Mr. Leo was named president and CEO of Mictron, Inc., a subsidiary of Lamb Technicon, Corp and remained in that capacity when the company became a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company. While at Mictron, he had achieved patent in machine control - diagnostics and Chrysler’s PENTASTAR award for supplying the development and implementation of the Chrysler Factory Information System (FIS) and many other electronic control devices for high-speed and high volume production machining systems. In 1990, Mictron was acquired by AEG’s Automation Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Benz AG, and Mr. Leo was named vice president and general manager of its Automation Systems Division, USA.

In 1993, Mr. Leo formed his owned company and was president & CEO of International Industrial Group that supplied manufacturing solutions to companies on a global scale. Demand for his expertise in manufacturing solutions and systems led to increased demand for his consulting services and speaking engagements in Europe and Asia, as well as the United States.  

Since his joining AAM in 2006, Mr. Leo has held key positions in developing new businesses in Asia & Europe. He spearheaded the growth of AAM-India from grass roots to a World Class engineering and manufacturing supplier of Driveline Products globally. AAM presently has three manufacturing locations, a large product development and engineering center and a Testing & Validation Technical Center in India. He had built very quickly new business relationships with all major OEMs such as TATA MOTORS, Daimler Benz, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra in the Light and Heavy Commercial industries. AAM has received award as World Class leader in India, supplying Quality driveline products to TATA MOTORS! He also has been able to win businesses for AAM in Europe and China.

Mr. Leo in 2013 was selected to be one of the members of the Judges Group for the Automotive News PACE Awards that honor innovation, technological advances and breakthrough processes developed by automotive suppliers.

A native of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Mr. Leo obtained his certificate of education in General Science from St. Michael’s College in Batticaloa, Ceylon, and graduate training in Marine Engineering, from Taos Ltd., in Colombo, Ceylon. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from Bell & Howell Schools, DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has also done continued education in the field of Business Management, Computer Sciences and Sales/Marketing from well recognized institutions in the USA.