Willig & Able

Associations add key members

SME (Society for Manufacturing Engineering) has named Robert “Bob“ Willig as its executive director and CEO, the Southfield, Mich., association announced. His employment with SME will commence on Jan. 1. Willig’s 30-plus years of experience in manufacturing include positions at Stoneridge, Inc., where he was president of the control devices division; Plasan Carbon Composites; GKN Driveline; The Gates Corp; and more.

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“Willig has extensive experience leading teams across multiple cultures, languages, locations and disciplines, which made him an additionally attractive candidate as SME conducted its search,” SME said in a December 8 press release announcing the move.

Willig will succeed Sandra Bouckley, FSME, P.Eng., 2017 SME president, who was appointed SME’s executive director and CEO in July 2018.

“I’m passionate about manufacturing and its people,” said Willig. “For nearly 90 years, SME has been a consistent resource for knowledge, connections and supporting the next generation of manufacturing talent. I’m looking forward to working to protect that legacy while charting a new course for this organization as our industry adapts to advanced technology and a post-COVID economy.”

In other association appointments, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) vice president of operations and strategy Patrick E. Hughes was elected to serve a three-year term as director-at-large of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

“As an ANSI-accredited Standards developing organization, NEMA recognizes the importance of ANSI in promoting the interests of NEMA Members, both domestically and internationally,” said Hughes. “Robust voluntary consensus Standards and conformity assessment systems ensure that safe, reliable, and efficient products can compete in the global economy.”

Hughes, who has served in various roles of increasing responsibility within NEMA for eight years, added that he anticipates ANSI’s future roadmap to transition to digital, electric, and sustainable methods.

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