John Brandt is the Vice President of Quality & Continuous Improvement for Cloyes Gear & Products, Inc., and is responsible for the quality performance of six plants. Cloyes, headquartered in Fort Smith, AR, is a high volume producer of powertrain components supplied to major automotive OEMS in a highly competitive global market and the leading supplier to the automotive aftermarket.
John has been with Cloyes for 27 years holding positions of Controller, Director of Operations and VP of Operations. He holds a BS degree in both accounting and economics from the Ohio State University.
For the past 10 years, John has focused his efforts on strategic planning, leadership development and bringing best practices to the Cloyes organization. He has helped lead the Cloyes team to implement world class processes and techniques to continually improve performance and grow the business, year after year. Under John, the quality performance at Cloyes has excelled. Cloyes has been recognized and received top quality awards by major OEMs, such as General Motors, Nissan and other major customers.
John is a six sigma master black belt. He has successfully led many continuous improvement teams for both process and systems improvements. He enjoys teaching, mentoring, and developing young talent and learning from others as well.