SME CEO Jeff KrauseClick image to enlarge

Jeffrey M. Krause has been named the new executive director and CEO for SME, based in Dearborn, MI.

 "We are thrilled to announce that Jeff will be joining SME to lead the business and drive the organization's mission to inspire, prepare and support our stakeholders in the advancement of manufacturing," says SME's Interim CEO and 2015 president Wayne F. Frost. "Krause's strong background positions him to support SME in its goals of advancing manufacturing and attracting future generations."

Krause joins SME from Intraco, where he has served as vice president of operations since 2010. In this role, Krause was responsible for enhancing business processes for sustainable and profitable growth. Prior to that, he held various manufacturing, sales and strategy roles at Delphi and General Motors, including a role as the GM Foundation vice chairman.

"I am privileged to have this opportunity to lead SME at a time when manufacturing is strong, innovative and driving the global economy," said Krause. "SME has supported the manufacturing industry, including companies, students and professionals, for more than 80 years. To join this organization at a time when manufacturing is vital and growing is truly an honour."

Krause holds a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from Kettering University and a master's degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

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