Jeffrey S. Edwards is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, of Cooper Standard, a position he has held since May 2013. Cooper Standard is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry and employs more than 27,000 people globally and operates in 20 countries around the world.
Mr. Edwards gained more than 28 years of automotive industry experience through various positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson Controls, Inc., a global supplier of automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels and interior electronics. Most recently, he led the Automotive Experience Asia Group, serving as Corporate Vice President, Group Vice President and General Manager from 2004 to 2012.
Prior to this, he served as Group Vice President and General Manager for Automotive Experience North America from 2002 to 2004 and as Group Vice President and General Manager for product and business development from 2000 to 2002. He held a number of successive management positions after joining the company as an industrial engineer in 1984.
Mr. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1984 from Clarion University in Clarion, Penn. He has also completed an executive training program at INSEAD, an international graduate business school and research institution. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers.