Since Visteon's spinoff from Ford Motor Co. in 2000, the supplier had hemorrhaged cash, struggled to sustain profits, built a massive Southeast Michigan headquarters and survived a debt-clearing bankruptcy.
Before parting ways with CEO Donald Stebbins in 2012, Visteon's board spent months sparring with Stebbins over the company's direction. He was dismissed in August 2012 after Visteon failed to acquire a 30 percent stake in its South Korean joint venture Halla Climate Control Corp.
That's when Leuliette was appointed interim president and CEO. He became permanent president and CEO two months later.
During his tenure, Leuliette was credited with a massive restructuring that helped boost the company's share price from the upper $20s to $106 within two years. Leuliette also spent much of his career as an advocate for suppliers and the industry, especially during the Great Recession.
Leuliette led Visteon in a $265 million acquisition of Johnson Controls Inc.'s electronics unit, cost cutting and selling its 50 percent stake in Korean joint venture Duckyang Industry Co. for $24.1 million in 2014.
He left Visteon in June 2015 upon completion of a $3.6 billion deal to sell Visteon's 70 percent stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to Hankook Tire Co. of Seoul and private equity firm Hahn & Co.
At the time of his departure, Leuliette said the company had finished its reorganization under his leadership and a new CEO should set the company in its next direction.