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Operating Executive at Tennenbaum Capital Partners
President-Energy & Engine Management, President-Saginaw Steering, Vice President-Engineering at General Motors, Chairman at EaglePicher Technologies, See All (4)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Donald L. Runkle has been a director of Lear since November 2009. He currently serves as chief executive officer of EcoMotors International since 2009 and chairman of EaglePicher Corporation. Since 2005, he has provided consulting services in business and technical strategy, and from 2006 to 2007, he was a consultant for Solectron Corporation. Mr. Runkle also served as an operating executive advisor for Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC in 2005.

From 1999 until 2005, he held various executive level positions at Delphi Corporation, including vice chairman and chief technology officer from 2003 until 2005, president of Delphi Dynamics and Propulsion Sector, executive vice president from 2000-2003, president of Delphi Energy and Engine Management Systems, and vice president of Delphi Automotive Systems from 1999-2000.

He was previously employed by General Motors Corporation for over 30 years in various management and executive level positions, most recently Vice President and General Manager of Delphi Energy and Engine Management and Automotive Systems from 1996 until 1999. Mr. Runkle also serves as a director of EaglePicher Corporation, Environmental Systems Products Company, WinCup Corporation, the Lean Enterprise Institute, and the Sloan School of Management.

During his tenure at General Motors, he served in a range of key executive capacities including: chief engineer of Chevrolet, chief engineer of powertrain and racing at the Buick Division, director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering, vice president of GM’s Advanced Engineering Staff and vice president of GM’s North American Engineering Center General Motors. In 1996 he joined Delphi Corporation where he co-led the IPO process for the company. He served as Delphi Vice Chairman until mid-2005.

Runkle holds both bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He was also a Sloan Fellow, receiving his masters’ degree in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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