INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Michael Dick, Senior Vice President, Operations and Procurement of Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) announced his retirement on March 11, 2022. Rafael Basso, Vice President, Operations Planning and business development and Teresa van Niekerk, vice president, supplier purchasing and quality, who currently reports to Dick, will report directly to David S. Graziosi, president and CEO of Allison Transmission, following Dick’s retirement .
“Mike has been a significant contributor to our global manufacturing operations, supply chain, manufacturing engineering and facilities organization for the past 15 years,” Graziosi said. “His commitment to operational excellence and his unwavering pursuit of global operating practices and systems have facilitated exceptional levels of performance and quality ensuring our ability to meet the changing needs of Allison’s end markets.”
Dick began his career with Allison more than 15 years ago as Executive Director of Operations and Plant Manager for the Indianapolis 1000™ and 2000™ Series Transmissions manufacturing plant, where his team significantly improved manufacturing cost per unit, hours per unit and customer quality parameters. . He then served as Executive Director of Manufacturing Engineering, where he successfully launched Allison’s manufacturing facility in Chennai, India, moved 3000™ Series transmission assembly operations and 4000™ to a new factory in Szentgotthárd, Hungary, and launched several new product architectures and variants. He was later promoted to Vice President of Purchasing, Supplier Quality and Manufacturing Engineering and then to his current position of Senior Vice President of Operations and Purchasing. Under his leadership, Allison has seen improvements in procurement business performance, reductions in material costs, improvements in supplier quality, and numerous improvements in management and monitoring systems. Additionally, Dick has championed investments in two facilities to enhance our global manufacturing footprint and vertical integration, in India and the United States.
Dick holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.
“Mike has been a dedicated leader and has contributed to the success of Allison Transmission,” Graziosi said. “He leaves a talented and capable team that is well positioned to drive the organization forward to continued success. I wish Mike and his family the best for his well-deserved retirement.
Effective March 12, 2022, Rafael Basso will assume the role of Vice President of Operations with responsibility for overseeing plant operations, Walker Die Casting, facilities, business development, global supply chain and manufacturing engineering. Teresa van Niekerk will continue in the role of Vice President of Sourcing and Supplier Quality with responsibility for overseeing global sourcing, supplier readiness and supplier quality.
Basso has been with Allison Transmission for 22 years and since September 2021, he is responsible for developing operations-specific strategy and supporting the company’s growth initiatives. Basso began his career with Allison in 1998 with operational responsibility for Allison’s Brazilian MT transmission manufacturing plant and in 2001 was appointed project manager responsible for the launch of Allison’s Customization Center in Shanghai, in China. Since 2006, Basso has held a number of operational roles, including Plant Quality Manager, Production Area Manager, Total Productive Maintenance Manager, and General Manager of the Indianapolis Manufacturing Plant. and executive director of plant operations prior to his recent promotion to vice president.
Van Niekerk has been with Allison for 9 years and has been in her current role since 2015. Van Niekerk joined Allison in 2012 as General Manager responsible for all supplier relationships and managing supplier contracts for direct and as well as procurement compliance and risk management. . Prior to joining Allison, van Niekerk was Vice President of Purchasing for the Truck Division of Navistar Inc.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial and defense vehicle propulsion solutions, the world’s largest manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, and a leader in electrified propulsion systems that improve the way the world works. Allison products are used in a wide variety of applications, including highway trucks (distribution, waste, construction, fire and emergency), buses (school, transit and coach), RVs, vehicles and off-road equipment (energy, mining and construction applications) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked tactical). Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. With a presence in more than 150 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil, manufacturing facilities in the United States, Hungary and India, and global engineering resources, including electrification engineering centers in Indianapolis, Indiana, Auburn Hills, Michigan and London in the UK. Allison also has more than 1,400 independent distributors and resellers worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.