Susan Kampe
SVP, Chief Information and Procurement Officer
Cooper Standard

“Tech and manufacturing are part of my DNA. I grew up in a large family and looked up to both my father - who was a civil engineer, and uncle - a manufacturing executive for a tire company. I became zealous about finding solutions to business problems to streamline and expedite processes.”

Since joining Cooper Standard in 2015, Sue has led a global team focused on installing IT systems for in-depth manufacturing analytics. For instance, Sue led the team that implemented a single cloud-based procurement system for Cooper Standard’s indirect, capital equipment and tooling purchases in North America. As a result of these efforts, the company has complete visibility to total spend, can fully leverage corporate discounts, and has significantly increased processing efficiencies. Given the system’s great success in North America, Cooper Standard plans to expand this solution to its other regions.

In her time with Cooper Standard, Sue has also accelerated SAP implementation, launched a new online indirect purchasing program which has saved the company $20M annually, helped implement the latest cybersecurity safeguards across all company data, and realigned purchasing to keep pace with the global organization.

In 2018, Sue participated in a panel discussion with Cooper Standard’s WISE (Women Inspire, Support, Enrich) affinity group, helping inspire women employees to aim for the highest levels of leadership in a manufacturing company. Sue has built a strong and engaged team that is motivated by her firm yet endearing approach to leadership. Her team affectionately calls her “Suenami,” which she fully embraces.

As a senior leader, Sue plays an active role in Cooper Standard’s community engagement activities. She works extensively on the company’s Working Homes/Working Families project, with urban refurbishment projects that included nine houses, two parks and a recreation center in Detroit’s Morningside community. Sue also was a leader in fundraising efforts for Gilda’s Club, which provides social and emotional support programs for people affected by cancer. Playfully dyeing her hair pink as part of a company-wide challenge to raise awareness, Sue helped Cooper Standard raise over $50K for Gilda’s Club.

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