AIAG has announced the appointment of Cesar D. Pucci, director, corporate quality, Eaton Corporation, to its board of directors. More than 20 executives from the automotive and transportation OEM and supplier community currently serve on the AIAG board, representing a cross-section of its member companies.
AIAG’s board of directors is responsible for maintaining the organization’s commitment to a seamless, efficient, and responsible supply chain by providing strategic direction and overseeing the organization’s collaborative effort to build and enhance the industry’s competitiveness.
“Eaton relies on AIAG to help make sure we are in alignment with our customers’ requirements and to stay updated on standards and other industry knowledge,” says Pucci. “There are many important changes in the new ISO standards, and AIAG is a strong partner in global discussions on how to ensure the industry has even better quality in the future.”
Pucci, who has been a quality professional his entire career — including many years’ work for Eaton in Brazil and companies like Compaq Computer Brazil, IBM Brazil, Allied Automotive – Bendix of Brazil Division, and others — has particular knowledge in developing, implementing, and improving Quality Management Systems. He also has experience as an Eaton Business Excellence examiner and Operational Excellence assessor for Eaton’s internal processes.
His knowledge of operational assessments, ISO requirements, and improvement processes will be an asset to the AIAG board and membership. “A healthy approach to methodologies like Lean and Six Sigma can make a real difference at a manufacturing site,” he points out.
In the coming year, Pucci expects important AIAG initiatives that focus on standards. “We’re on the edge of major changes,” he says, alluding to the newly revised IATF 16949 automotive quality standard scheduled for release later this year. “It’s important that all stakeholders be aware of and in alignment with current standards. AIAG works to make sure quality professionals have access to a high level of expertise.”
Pucci looks forward to working with AIAG to make sure the industry not only has access to basic quality training, but also that “we establish a direction for the future of quality knowledge.”