Bergstrom - Leadership Team

Leadership Team

David R. Rydell
David R. Rydell
Chairman
David joined, what was then Bergstrom Manufacturing Co., in 1963 when he graduated from college. Prior to that he had worked at the privately held company when not in school. David's degree was in finance. His first officer position was treasurer in 1966.
Dan Giovannetti
Dan Giovannetti
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dan has over 25 years of background and experience as a manufacturing and business professional. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan is responsible for managing the overall operations and resources of the company. He will work with the Board...
Patrick Bai
Patrick Bai
President Asia Pacific Business
Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial HVAC, automotive HVAC and commercial refrigeration industry with focus on engineering, sales and marketing. As President of Bergstrom China, he is responsible for China market development...
Jim Elliott
Jim Elliott
President, North America
Jim has been with Bergstrom since 1997 and he has more than 30 years of experience in automotive and commercial vehicle HVAC design and manufacturing. As President of North America, Jim is responsible for leading all business activities...
Gus Anton
Gus Anton
Vice President, Off-Highway and Military
Gus joined Bergstrom in 1998 and has over 25 years of management experience in operations, sales and engineering. He has previously held several positions at Bergstrom including Plant Manager, General Manager and Division President
John Bracey
John Bracey
Vice President, Engineering, Quality Systems and Procurement
John has more than 30 years of engineering and business experience. Prior to joining Bergstrom in 2000, John worked for Kysor/Westran for 12 years with a variety of OEMs, fleets and aftermarket service providers to engineer, validate, install and service
Sean Connell
Sean Connell
Vice President & Principal Engineer On-Highway, Transit & New Markets
Sean has more than 26 years in the HVAC industry, ranging from system design and installation to engineering and operations management in the US and aboard. Sean joined Bergstrom in 2004 focusing on designing Heavy Duty Truck No-Idle systems.
Cindi Gustafson, CPIM
Cindi Gustafson, CPIM
Vice President, Operations and Planning
Cindi has over 30 years experience in the Automotive and Commercial Vehicle industries. As a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Practitioner, she has a passion for continuous improvement and ensuring Bergstrom’s focus on providing the value our customers need.
Aaron Potter
Aaron Potter
Chief Financial Officer
Aaron has more than 20 years of experience in fiscal planning, financial management and acquisition due diligence. As Chief Financial Officer, Aaron is responsible for a administering a global collaborative planning and analysis process...
Jim Schmitt
Jim Schmitt
Vice President, Global Human Resources
Jim joined Bergstrom in 2015 and has more than 25 years of background and experience in the Human Resources field. As Vice President of Human Resources, he is responsible for Bergstrom’s global Human Resources function.
Paul Von Driska
Paul Von Driska
Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Legal
Paul has more than 30 years ofexperience in Legal, General Management and HVAC product design and development in the appliance, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. He has been with Bergstrom for 25 years, which included an overseas assignment...
Terry Zeigler
Terry Zeigler
Technical Advisor
Terry has over 40+ years of Commercial Vehicle Climate Controls experience of which 37 years have been with Bergstrom. Recent positions with Bergstrom have been President Global Electrified Thermal Systems, Vice President Advanced Engineering...
Nick Wilkinson
Nick Wilkinson
Managing Director, Bergstrom Europe
Nick joined Bergstrom in 2000 and has more than 30 years of experience in the specialist vehicle and automotive sectors. Nick has now taken the role as Managing Director of Bergstrom Europe based in Wales, UK. During his tenure, Nick has held many roles..
Leticia Chiches Gonzalez
Leticia Chiches Gonzalez
Operations & Quality Director Spain
Leticia joined Bergstrom in December 2019 and has more than 17 years of experience in international companies in tier 1 in automotive sector. As Operations and Quality Director she is responsible for managing our facility in Spain...
Richard Gravenhorst
Richard Gravenhorst
Europe & South America Electrified Systems Business & Development Director
Richard has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive. In 2015, he joined the Sales department of Dirna Bergstrom. Currently he is focused on business development, responsible for the commercial, marketing, after-sales and engineering...

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