NAI’s mission is to deliver innovative world class connectivity manufacturing solutions of superior quality to our global customer base for their critical to life, flight, communications and infrastructure applications. This mission is made possible through innovation, leadership, and superior execution by a team committed to quality and customer satisfaction.
Jon Jensen joined the NAI team in September 2016, and as part of a planned transition was named President and CEO November 1, 2016, succeeding Preston Speers.
Prior to NAI, Jon was most recently President and CEO of L-com, Inc., where he focused on leading the company to accelerated organic and acquisitive revenue growth through customer-driven product initiatives, while simultaneously upgrading its manufacturing and logistics operations to world-class status.
Jon arrives to NAI with extensive experience in the automotive, commercial vehicle, power sports, off highway/agriculture, office furniture, lighting, appliance, and industrial technology markets. He possesses a deep understanding of electrical and electronics, wired and wireless connectivity, fluid conveying systems, and related components. Jon plans to translate this information into actionable goals that will broaden NAI’s horizons.
Jon has spent his career driving revenue and profit growth in high-tech and industrial manufacturing businesses, including Group Dekko, Alcoa Electrical, and Electronics Solutions (now part of PKC), where he was President and CEO. Jon also served as President at Alcoa’s AFL Americas business unit and ITT’s Fluid Handling Systems (now part of Cooper Standard Automotive) business unit.
Jon, a degreed Mechanical Engineer with graduate work and certificates in Strategic Management and Quality Management, began his career as a product development engineer at Aeroquip Corporation (acquired by Eaton in 1999). He progressed through various engineering roles in product development, manufacturing, engineering, quality, operations, and sales, eventually running the global sales and engineering organization for the automotive fluid connectors division. Jon then joined ITT in 2001 as the VP of Sales, Marketing, and Engineering for ITT’s fluid handling systems business. He eventually added global operations to his role and then moved on to become ITT’s President.
Jon’s experience running both privately and publicly held companies with annual revenues over $1.5 billion brings a solid process focus that translates well to the mid-cap space. Jon’s aptitude for strategy and business development, his operational experience, and his history of successful acquisitions in the connectivity space poise him to be an effective and revolutionary leader for NAI.
George’s background includes over 20 years of extensive experience in global sourcing, cost reduction strategies and commodity management. As well as sourcing, purchasing, planning, quoting, and logistics experience. His expertise has helped develop inventory programs with suppliers that allow quick turnaround solutions to meet manufacturing needs.
Through his automotive, telecomm and consumer electronics manufacturing experience, George has also driven global procurement teams to utilize best practices to effectively plan, purchase, and manage a variety of commodities that include electronics, metals, wire accessories, hardware, packaging and wire/cable. His experience in sourcing in low-cost countries has allowed to him to propose significant cost savings in both high and low volume business opportunities.
George has also led ERP implementations and has dealt with such MRP systems as SAP, Infor, JD Edwards, Oracle, MANMAN, Manugistics, and Epicor both in the US and abroad.
George’s experience has allowed him to bring many key departments together to provide customers with effective supply chain solutions with reduced lead times and competitive pricing.
Carlos has over 20 years' experience in large manufacturing operations including four different locations in Mexico.His background includes 10 years of plant management experience, five years as Director of Operations as well as experience in planning and materials management.
During this period, Carlos worked for Fortune 500 companies and was trained in Advance Management Skills Programs, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. Carlos managed multi-location operations for both residential and commercial markets exceling in areas of leveraging capacity to minimize customer impact during significant flunctuations in manufacturing demand. This skillset requires a unique understanding of operations, resource planning and commitment to the customer.
As Director of Operations, Carlos has full responsibility of the P&L for two manufacturing facilities with over 1,800 employees in Hermosillo, Mexico and NAI’s distribution center in Nogales, AZ.
Frank Liu, graduated from Southeast University, with a major in Computer Applications. He joined NAI with over five years of executive management experience. His background includes seven years of Quality management and supplier quality development, as well as more than nine years of operational experience with total P&L responsibilities at Nokia and Kemet Company. This experience includes: Production, Quality Control, Material sourcing & planning, Logistics, Maintenance, Process Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Cost Reduction LEAN activities.
He has a diverse background in Aerospace, Medical, Automotive, Telecommunications industrials and cable assembly business. He has led remarkable programs including Kanban, Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate Projects, TWI, TPM, Lean Manufacturing, and Kaizen techniques. He has managed and achieved ISO and Nadcap certifications for several organizations.
In addition to serving the telecommunications equipment & electronics parts manufacturer market, Frank has five years’ experience working for an automotive supplier and led the company into a global medical and Aerospace cable assembly business.
Frank brings a strong combination of industry knowledge across fiber optic and copper assembly technologies. Frank is skilled in problem analysis and decision-making, promoting change and innovation. He is result-oriented and acts with long- term perspective strategic relationships with key executives.
Dr. Sri Sundaram M.D. is NAI’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Sundaram brings to the company over 27 years of cardiovascular experience and a deep knowledge of the medical landscape.
Dr. Sundaram has been an attending cardiac electrophysiologist at South Denver Cardiology Associates since 2006. He joins NAI after years of global volunteer work, leadership, and doctoral practice.
Dr. Sundaram received his M.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where he served as the Medical Director of the Salvation Army Medical Clinic. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. There Dr. Sundaram also completed his fellowship in general cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
Dr. Sundaram is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He was honored as the Clinical Young Investigator of the Year by the Heart Rhythm Society, and has been an Elected Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society since 2010.
Dr. Sundaram has worked on medical research and innovation for over twenty years. He worked on many innovative trials and received a research grant from St. Jude Medical for his work on the genetic malformations of Brugada Syndrome in Cambodia.
As a published, accomplished surgeon with an extensive knowledge and understanding of the medical industry and medical best practices, Dr. Sri Sundaram is a strong asset to NAI’s leadership. As Chief Medical Officer, this industry expert will work with NAI’s management to expand and improve its medical portfolio.
Preston leads NAI with over 27 years of global executive management experience. His background includes over 18 years' experience in merger and acquisition strategy development and execution. He also has 20 years of global operations and business development experience. With extensive direct sales experience selling and running operations in all major markets of the world. He has been successful across a variety of industries, global markets, and cultures.
Preston began his career in the chemical business where he progressed from field sales to product management to global sales leadership. He led the research and development, market analysis, operations process development, and market strategy of a brand new family of vapor recovery products. This was launched with great success resulting in over $25 million a year in new business with systems operating around the world. He then went on to lead his company into the European market resulting in a 75 % market share of the European automotive industry.
After being recruited away from the chemical business, Preston was Vice-President/General Manager for an automotive supplier that had a very small copper telecom manufacturing plant. Initially he was tasked with driving the company’s automotive business into global markets. He established significant sales across Asia and Europe within the first two years and was then tasked with growing the small telecomm business. Over the next 6 years through a combination of organic growth and acquisition this company grew to over $500 million in sales producing both fiber optic and copper cable as well the connectivity solutions. This resulted in the company growing their operations to over 20 countries.
Preston’s CEO experience includes leadership of a global fiber optic, copper assembly, and connector manufacturing company with plants in the US, Mexico, and China. He was President of a fiber optic and copper data communications company with over $400 million in annual sales and six plants in North and South America. As of November 2016, Preston is the new Chairman of NAI, bringing years of experience and industry knowledge to the table. He has spent years gaining experience with NAI and across both fiber optic and copper technologies as well as strategic relationships with key executives around the world. He has a proven track record of successfully developing strategies to penetrate new global markets across a variety of industries.
The combination of strong business development background with significant operational experience makes him uniquely suited to consult as Chairman company to the next generation.