Ganesh Iyer moved to the United States from India to pursue a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Passionate about optimizing complex processes, systems and organizations, he followed a close friend to West Virginia University. Boosted by a scholarship, he became a research assistant at the school’s Industrial Assessment Center and gained valuable experience helping manufacturers to reduce energy consumption, waste and improve their overall productivity.

Ganesh started his professional career at Benteler Automotive. Over the next 14 years, had a series of diverse assignments with increasing responsibility and complexities that prepared him for his current position as vice president of Engineering, Research & Development for Martinrea International Inc., a global manufacturing company that supplies all of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers.

Ganesh credits the foundation provided by WVU and a mentor he met and followed early in his career with a lot of his success. He also tries to live and manage day-to-day with the overall principles of treating everyone with dignity and respect.

“I’ve found that when you treat people with dignity and respect and really listen to their ideas and what they have to say, you build strong relationships that help you to achieve great things,” he said. “I think that’s a critical management skill for everyone.”


Martinrea is a diversified global automotive supplier, engaged in the design, development and manufacturing of metal parts, assemblies and modules, complex fluid management systems and aluminum products. We employ approximately 15,000 skilled and motivated people at manufacturing, engineering and technical centers in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and China. Our business strategy leverages world-class technologies, motivated and talented people, and high-quality products. We aim to be the best automotive parts supplier in the world in the products and services we provide our customers.

Stock Symbol:   MRE – Traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX)

2016 Revenue:  $3.9 billion (CAD)

Headquarters:  Martinrea International Inc.

3210 Langstaff Road

Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5B2

Leadership:        Pat D’Eramo

President & CEO

Products:             Metal and aluminum components, fluid management systems, assemblies and modules.

At a glance:        Martinrea:

  • was founded in 2001;
  • is a Tier One supplier of automotive parts, assemblies and modules;
  • is the 2nd largest North American metal former in terms of revenue;
  • is a top 3 supplier of fluid management systems by revenue in North America;
  • is a market leader in aluminum parts through its Martinrea Honsel Division;
  • has 45 facilities worldwide located in North and South America, Europe and China;
  • has approximately 15,000 employees;
  • has over 9,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space;
  • has a business strategy based on technology, quality and talent development; and
  • has a growth strategy based on prudent and profitable expansion.

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