Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> December 8, 1997

John C. Kennedy – Autocam Corp (acam)

JOHN C. KENNEDY is President and CEO of Autocam Corporation, the Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of precision machined components for the automotive, computer and medical device industries. Forbes magazine has ranked Autocam as one of the best small public companies nationwide and the best small company in Michigan for 1994, 1995, 1996. Kennedy attributes the company's success to its emphasis on continuous process improvement efforts and employee involvement. Outside of his business commitments, Kennedy devotes time to a number of organizations. He is a member of the Boards of Comerica Bank, Riviera Tool Company, Sligh Furniture Company, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids and United Way (Chairman 1995). He is a member of Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools and West Michigan Catholic Foundation. He is Vice Chair of Healthcare 2000 (past Chairman). Statewide, Kennedy is a Commissioner of the Michigan Department of Transportation and a Board member of the University of Detroit Mercy. He has been on several community capital campaign committees. After graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Kennedy joined the Detroit office of Deloitte Haskins & Sells, and then was named Chief Financial Officer of Autodie Corporation. In 1988, John Kennedy purchased Autocam from the Autodie Corporation in a leveraged buyout. Mr. Kennedy is a past recipient of the Leadership Award by the Grand Valley University Foundation, Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, and Michigan Jaycees Five Outstanding Young People of Michigan Award. Profile
TWST: Could we start out by your giving us an overview of Autocam, its

history and products?

Mr. Kennedy: Autocam is a manufacturer of small metal parts that are

primarily used in what I

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