Motorcar Parts of America appoints new directors
Ms. Whittaker is a business strategist and procurement and supply chain expert with extensive experience in the automotive industry, with both original equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and in the aftermarket.
In 2010 Ms. Whittaker founded BW Limited llc, which provides companies business and procurement strategies that lead to improved performance.
Previously, she worked for the General Motors Corporation and Delphi Automotive in leadership positions of increasing responsibility.
Prior to her retirement from General Motors, Ms. Whittaker's position was executive director of Global Purchasing.
She previously served in Chevrolet's Division of General Motors Corporation in Production Control and Scheduling, with an emphasis on Supply Chain.
Ms. Whittaker holds a Bachelor of Industrial Administration degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), MBA degree from Wayne State University, and has also completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France, and the Executive Development program at University of Michigan.
In addition to this formal education, she holds Six Sigma Green Belt certification and is well versed in lean production systems (GMS).
She has also held board of directors positions for Detroit Manufacturing Systems, ChannelNet and Piston Group, each of which is privately held.
Mr. Vargo serves as chief executive officer and president of Kele, Inc., a company that supplies building automation equipment.
Prior to joining Kele, he held a variety of senior executive and board positions at AutoZone, TruckPro and Auto Teile- Unger.
Mr. Vargo served as the president, chief executive officer and chief restructuring officer of TruckPro from 2008 to 2010 and a board member of TruckPro's board from 2004 to 2010.
He was a board member of KKR-owned Auto Teile-Unger from 2003 to 2008.
He served as president of AutoZone, Inc. from March 1997 to May 2001, served as its chief operating officer from December 1996 to May 2000 and served on its board of directors from 1997 to 2001.
Mr. Vargo is a director of Kele Holdco Inc.