Plasan Carbon Composites names Robert Willig as president and CEO

Willig replaces James Staargaard, who has stepped down but will continue to advise the board on strategic matters.

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Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC, Walker, Mich.), a supplier of carbon fiber-reinforced composite components for the transportation market, today announced that Robert Willig has joined the company as president and CEO, replacing James Staargaard, who has stepped down but will continue to advise the board on strategic matters.

"I'm thrilled to join Plasan Carbon Composites at such an exciting time in the industry," says Willig. "Our business will continue to design, develop and supply world-class composite products that answer our customers' needs for strong, lightweight solutions. We'll leverage Plasan's global process and product capabilities in order to expand into new segments across the transportation industry. My goal is to continue to build on the work of my predecessor, Jim Staargaard, in leading growth and operational improvements across the business."

Before joining PCC, Willig was president of GKN Driveline Americas where he led the company to significant and profitable growth across multiple customers and products while driving investment efficiency and operational excellence. During his time at the helm, Willig opened five new facilities in the U.S. and Mexico that supported expansion of the division's technical capabilities, new product introductions and optimized the organization's manufacturing footprint. 

Earlier, Willig spent more than three years as president of GKN Sinter Metals Americas where he delivered significant improvements in profit, cash, and overall customer satisfaction while growing the division at more than twice the rate of the market. 

Prior to joining GKN, Willig held increasingly senior leadership roles at Tomkins Plc. (Gates Corp.), including president of both the Power Transmission and Automotive operating units. He also was president of Stackpole Ltd., a North American supplier of powder-metal components and engineered pump assemblies. He has extensive global experience leading teams across multiple cultures, regions, and disciplines, and has served as a director on a number of boards in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Japan, South Korea and China.

Willig is a current member of SAE International and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), and is a former member of the Sales & Marketing Executives of Detroit (MSED). He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Mich.) and an M.B.A. degree from Wayne State University (Detroit).