Mitsuaki “Mike” Yamamoto

Yamamoto Mike

Mike Yamamoto was elected Chief Executive Officer of UWH in June 2018.  Mike Yamamoto also holds the position of Senior Executive VP of UACJ North America, Inc. Mike is a results-oriented leader with many years of experience in marketing and sales for various aluminum applications both in Japan and the US.

Before joining UACJ, he held the position of Senior Managing Director of Marubeni Metals Corporation, a subsidiary of the Marubeni Corporation. Mike has had distinguished career in the aluminum industry for nearly 40 years and plans to use his strong background and industry knowledge as an advantage for UWH.

Mike is responsible for optimizing UWH’s revenue model and establishing group’s global strategy for the automotive market, assisting teams to create win-win opportunities for UWH and our customers. He holds a BA in Politics, Economics, and Management from Meiji University.

David Cooper

David Cooper

David Cooper has been with UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries for 15 years.  During that time he has held positions as VP of Operations and COO before being promoted to President in 2014.

Prior to joining Whitehall, David held positions with Parker Hannifin, Johnson Controls and Abbott Laboratories. He holds a B.S.M.E. from Purdue University.

Al Bernat

Al Bernat

Al started his career as a Product Engineer before transitioning into commercial roles. The majority of his career was spent at Aisin World Corp of America, where he held several different titles of increasing responsibility, including Director of Sales for Body, Chassis, and Engine Components.

Most recently, he was the Vice President of Sales and Program Management for Nidec Automotive Motors America before joining UACJ Whitehall in June of 2018 as Vice President of Sales.

Ron Laboda

Ron Laboda

Ron has been with UACJ Automotive Whitehall since 2017.  Prior to UACJ Whitehall, Ron was CFO of several large automotive suppliers.  His most recent role was CFO of Norma Group with 7 plants in USA, Brazil and Mexico.

Ron is a global finance executive with more than 14 years of overseas assignments, having prior titles of CFO Asia Pacific, Business Controller (Germany), Finance Director (Japan).

Ron graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA, both from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan.

Steve Gray

Steve Gray

Steve has been with UACJ Automotive Whitehall since 2009 holding positions as Director of Quality and most recently VP of Operations.  Prior to UACJ Whitehall, he has held management roles over the past 30 years in both Quality and Manufacturing, at several large tier one automotive suppliers.

Steve has prior titles as Business Unit Manager and Director of Quality for multi plant operations.

Steve graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cornerstone University.