Leadership

Leadership

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Mary Anne Bueschkens
Chief Executive Officer

Mary Anne Bueschkens is Chief Executive Officer of ABC Group Inc. and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Mary Anne previously served in a number of leadership positions at ABC Group, including President, Special Advisor to the CEO and General Counsel.  She brings with her more than 25 years of legal, tax, commercial and executive management experience to her role with the company and prior to joining ABC, she was a Partner at a large national law firm and National Chair of their Tax Group.

Mary Anne oversees the corporate direction and strategy for ABC’s global operations. She focuses on strategy, leadership, innovation, sales and business unit growth and customer relations. She works collaboratively with her executive team, senior management team and the board to analyze and execute on sales, engineering, innovation and strengthening the product line to drive overall growth. Since joining ABC, Mary Anne has worked to share ABC’s strategy and vision with customers, partners, shareholders and investors.

Having both a Juris Doctor of Law and a Masters of Business Administration, Mary Anne has previously worked extensively as an advisor to businesses with both domestic and international operations in areas of corporate strategy, governance, growth and divestiture. She participates in industry associations, being a member of the CEO section of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Automotive Parts Management Association.  Mary Anne also serves on the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

 

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Derrick Phelps
President,
Board of Directors

Derrick Phelps is the President and member of the Board of Directors of ABC Group Inc. In this role, Derrick is responsible for the operational leadership and business development of ABC Group. He charters the strategic direction of the company and is committed to overseeing business stability and expansion. Derrick served as the Deputy President, Chief Strategy Officer and interim Chief Financial Officer at ABC Group before moving into his current role.

Before joining ABC Group, Derrick advised numerous private companies in a variety of sectors including automotive companies.  Derrick brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, business valuation, restructuring and public accounting. Previously, he was a Partner and Senior Vice President at Ernst & Young. Derrick is a Chartered Professional Accountant as well as a Chartered Business Valuator. Currently, he sits as a Board Member of the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association (APMA) in addition to his work at ABC Group.

 

David Smith
Chief Financial Officer

David Smith, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer of ABC Group Inc.  David has more than 30 years of experience, working primarily with global automotive suppliers.  David graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Michigan University, passed all parts of the CPA exam on the first sitting and spent the first five years of his career at Ernst & Young rising to the level of Manager.  From there David has worked for four different automotive suppliers (Simpson Industries, Federal-Mogul, Key Plastics and Key Safety Systems) under both public company and private equity owners.  David’s assignments over this time have come with increasing responsibility including building global finance teams for large multinational companies, M&A (diligence on buy side and sell side, deal negotiation, financing), process improvement leading to faster and more accurate financial information, IFRS implementations, turn-around situations, cost reduction and working capital optimization.

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Ken Friedman
Chief Operating Officer

Ken Friedman is the Chief Operating Officer of ABC Group Inc.  As COO, Ken is responsible for global operations.   He brings extensive knowledge of manufacturing and automotive experience from his previous 20+ years working in the industry.   Prior to working at Precision Castparts Corporation, he worked 6 years at Gates Corporation, where he served as President Americas and Chief Manufacturing Officer. Ken started his professional career with Magna International working 16 years in several key management positions with his last role as General Manager over various manufacturing facilities in Mexico.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University.

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ABC Group has a strong history of leadership in the plastics parts manufacturing industry. The discipline and commitment we apply in the execution of our business strategies have led to sustainable competitive advantages. Our success in the automotive industry today stems from the vision and direction of our senior management. Learn more about our senior leadership.