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Building the Base

New OESA head looking to strengthen partnerships

By Marcus Amick

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As president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), Julie Fream has a clear vision of where she wants to take the organization.

The crux of her plans includes building on the core foundation of OESA that has made the member-focused supplier organization successful for the past 15 years.

“Part of our future success will come from increasing our presence throughout the North American supplier base and strengthening our partnerships internationally with organizations such as JAPIA and CLEPA to help support our members’ growing global needs,” Fream said. “We also will continue to drive towards a collaborative value chain from OE’s to Tier 2/3 suppliers that positively addresses the challenges and opportunities our industry continuously presents.”

Fream, who assumed the role of president and CEO of OESA in October, brings 30 years of industry experience to the position, including work in manufacturing, sales and marketing at General Motors; marketing and product planning at Ford Motor Co.; and planning, sales, marketing and business development at TRW.

Fream also worked in corporate strategy, global communications, sales and marketing at Visteon where she became a corporate officer in 2004.

It was the unique opportunity that OESA presented to leverage those three decades of experience, which first prompted Fream to accept the position at OESA.

“Throughout my life, the automotive business has given my family and me opportunities we would not have had otherwise,” Fream said. “After 30 years of working for OEs and Tier 1 suppliers, I was looking for an opportunity in a position that would have a broader and positive impact on our industry.”

“OESA is highly respected within the industry due to the value it brings to members and the industry as a whole, so joining OESA made perfect sense for me,” Fream continued. “It is my hope that by strengthening the trust and collaborative spirit of our industry, I can ‘pay it forward’ for the next generation.”

Fream earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She serves as a trustee on the boards of Oakwood Health and Michigan Technological University. Marcus Amick is a metro Detroit freelance writer.

Marcus Amick is a metro Detroit freelance writer.