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Sachin Lawande
President and CEO
Sachin Lawande

Sachin Lawande has been president and CEO of Visteon since June 29, 2015. He also serves on Visteon’s board of directors.

Lawande is considered one of the foremost technology and business thought leaders in the automotive OEM electronics supplier industry. Throughout his career, he has championed the need for automotive suppliers of cockpit electronics to evolve to meet the demands of the connected car era.

Most recently, Lawande served as president of the Infotainment Division of Harman International Industries since 2013 and as executive vice president since 2009. In his role as president of the Infotainment Division – the largest division of Harman with nearly $3 billion in annual sales – Lawande achieved double-digit sales and income growth while serving 11 of the top 15 vehicle manufacturers and leading more than 7,500 employees worldwide. Prior to that, Lawande served in various leadership roles at Harman including executive vice president (EVP) and president of the Lifestyle Division, EVP and co-president of the Automotive Division, EVP and chief technology officer and chief software architect. In these roles, Lawande was responsible for guiding software strategy, development partnerships, and key customer relationships.

Prior to joining Harman, Lawande held senior roles at QNX Software Systems and 3Com Corporation. Before joining QNX, he was responsible for the development of networking and consumer electronics systems at corporate giants such as AT&T Bell Labs, U.S. Robotics, and 3Com.

Lawande has a wealth of experience in developing embedded systems and software and holds four patents in communications software. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications from Bombay University in India, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Sunil K. Bilolikar
Operations and Procurement

Sunil Bilolikar leads Visteon’s global operations and procurement activities, including joint venture operations and supplier strategic partnerships. Responsible for driving operational excellence across Visteon’s 25 facilities in Europe, the Americas and Asia, he oversees all aspects of the supply chain including manufacturing, purchasing, logistics, product quality and operational technology. He leads an organization that employs approximately 7,000 employees, purchases over $2 billion in materials annually, and manufactures more than 250,000 end items each day.   

Bilolikar has extensive experience developing a global competitive manufacturing footprint driven by technology, employing lean manufacturing methodologies to achieve consistent class leading performance across all regions. Throughout his 27-year career with Visteon and Ford Motor Co., he has held several engineering and operations leadership positions in the U.S., Canada, India, Portugal and Germany.

Bilolikar has a bachelor’s degree in engineering (mechanical) from Osmania University, India; a master’s degree in engineering (industrial) from the University of Toronto, Canada; and a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Matthew M. Cole
Product Development

Matt Cole has global responsibility for the technical delivery for all customer programs and skills development for software, hardware, mechanical, electrical and systems engineering. 

Cole has approximately 24 years of automotive industry experience, including positions in manufacturing, product design, product planning and program management. His career has included various leadership assignments in five countries, most of which included the leadership of technical assets. In 2005 he was placed on international assignment in India to establish and manage two joint ventures. Following that assignment, he managed the Asia-Pacific engineering teams for Visteon’s electronics business and also was appointed general manager, Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Electronics for two years. 

After 19 years with Visteon, Cole joined Johnson Controls where, after one year as vice president of product management for the Electronics Group, he was appointed vice president, electronics engineering, based in Cergy, France. In that role, he helped transform the engineering organization from a regional to global structure, and enabled the development of infotainment and advanced products. He also participated with leadership in divesting Johnson Controls’ electronics business to Visteon in July 2014.

Cole has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.
Jeffrey M. Stafeil
Chief Financial Officer
Jeffrey M. Stafeil

Jeff Stafeil leads all of Visteon’s financial activities, including treasury, tax, audit and investor relations. He also oversees mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; global business services; and information technology.

Stafeil became Visteon’s CFO on Nov. 2, 2012. He joined the company from DURA Automotive Systems, where he had been chief executive officer since October 2010, after serving as executive vice president and CFO since 2008.

Prior to joining DURA, Stafeil was CFO and a member of the board at the Klöckner Pentaplast Group, based in Germany. From 2009-2012, he served on the board of directors and was audit committee chairman of J.L. French Automotive Castings Inc. From 2006-2009, he served on the board of directors and was co-chairman of the audit committee for Meridian Automotive Systems. Before that, he was executive vice president and CFO at Metaldyne Corp. He also has served in management positions at Booz Allen and Hamilton, Peterson Consulting and Ernst and Young.

Stafeil has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University.
Robert I. Swanston

Bob Swanston leads all aspects of quality for Visteon’s global business, including product development, manufacturing and supplier quality activities. He is also responsible for product safety, quality management processes and compliance.

During his 32-year automotive career, Swanston has held various leadership positions in engineering, manufacturing and quality at Visteon and Ford. He was named Visteon’s vice president of quality for electronics in 2010, after serving for two years as global director, engineering services and quality, based in the UK. Prior to that, Swanston oversaw the global driver information product line and served as director of electronics engineering, based in Detroit, Michigan. He previously served as director, manufacturing and supply chain, telematics and multimedia systems, and was the plant manager of a 2,000-employee facility in Toronto, Canada.

As managing director of Visteon Engineering Services Ltd in the UK, Swanston leads the board of directors for that legal entity. He also serves on the board of directors of Visteon Finance Ltd., and served for several years on the board of directors for the Visteon Technical Services Center in Chennai, India.

Swanston has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northumbria University in the UK, and a master’s degree in electronics and control systems from Wayne State University, U.S.

Robert R. Vallance
Customer Business Groups

Bob Vallance leads the profitable growth of Visteon’s business. The customer business groups drive above-market growth of customer accounts across Visteon’s core product portfolio, by commercializing Visteon’s leading technology solutions focused on the cockpit electronics user experience.  Leveraging Visteon’s global footprint and capability, the customer business groups oversee program delivery from the time a vehicle manufacturer awards business to Visteon until the time the program launches, and maintain commercial responsibility through the program lifecycle. Vallance also oversees the strategic growth of Visteon’s joint ventures in China.

Vallance has 30 years of automotive experience. He rejoined Visteon in July 2014 with the company’s acquisition of Johnson Controls’ electronics business.  During his six years with Johnson Controls, Vallance held various positions in Asia and the U.S., ultimately leading the electronics business as group vice president and general manager. Prior to that, Vallance spent 23 years at Ford Motor Co. and Visteon in product development, program and commercial management, strategy and planning, product marketing and manufacturing.  He has worked in the U.S., the U.K. and China.

Vallance has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
Timothy J. Yerdon
Marketing, Communications and Design

Tim Yerdon leads Visteon’s strategic marketing efforts, oversees communications with key stakeholders, and drives upstream customer engagement through various design experiences – all aimed at positioning Visteon as a leader in delivering an unmatched vehicle cockpit electronics user experience. 

Leveraging his background in engineering and innovation, Yerdon fosters collaborative efforts with technology/industry partners and government agencies to advance growth beyond traditional automotive electronics into the Internet of Things. This includes overseeing design centers and product/technology showrooms that drive more than 150 customer events each year.

Yerdon has more than 20 years of automotive experience and is an established innovation leader, developing several first-to-market vehicle and product concepts. Previously he led advanced cockpit electronics, advanced driver awareness systems, the InnovationWorks® organization and global marketing. He also held various positions in manufacturing, product development, program management and racing at both Visteon and Ford Motor Co.

Yerdon serves on the board of directors for the automotive electronics division of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and chairs the MICHauto/Detroit Regional Chamber talent and retention committee. He is also co-inventor on several patents awarded or pending in manufacturing, powertrain, electronics and interiors. Yerdon has a master's degree in manufacturing systems from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Penn State University.
Peter M. Ziparo
General Counsel

Peter Ziparo is responsible for the company’s global legal and compliance activities.

Ziparo assumed his current position in April 2014, after serving as assistant general counsel since 2005. He joined the company in 2002 as associate general counsel. Before joining Visteon, he was a corporate associate with the New York City office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, after beginning his legal career as a corporate associate with the New York City office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

In his career with Visteon, Ziparo has handled a variety of legal responsibilities, including major business transactions, securities, corporate governance and structured and corporate finance transactions. He has also managed compliance, ethics and general corporate matters.

Ziparo received his juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University, where he was on the editorial board of the law review, and his bachelor's degree with honors in mathematics from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.