DETROIT -- Julie Fream, whose 30-year career has included work at automakers and parts makers, will succeed the retiring Neil De Koker as CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
The move takes effect Oct. 1, the association said in a statement today. De Koker, 69, founded the group in 1998.
The association represents 450 companies with combined sales of $300 billion. OESA provides more than 70 percent of the products used to build new vehicles in North America.
The association is an advocate for suppliers and strives to improve relations between suppliers and automakers. For example, it hosts town hall meetings for its members with automakers’ top purchasing executives, and it promotes a standardized contract with automakers.
“OESA provides services of critical importance to suppliers,” Fream, 49, said in a statement. “The OESA staff is dedicated to providing outstanding support to its members and that tradition will continue.”
Fream began her auto career at General Motors in 1983 as a manufacturing engineer. She worked in program management and product planning at Ford Motor Co. from 1989-93; sales and marketing at TRW from 1993-98; and global communications, corporate strategy, sales and marketing at Visteon Corp. from 1998-2011.
Fream played an important role in Visteon’s emergence from bankruptcy in 2010. She was the vice president of corporate strategy from 2009 until she left the company in 2011.
Fream earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technical University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Since leaving Visteon, Fream has held various trustee positions, including on the Michigan Technological University and Oakwood Healthcare boards.