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Former President and CEO Mazda North America Operations Jim O’Sullivan Joins motormindz as Managing Partner

Detroit, MI  – motormindz, Inc., a global automotive professional services and technology accelerator, announced today that Jim O’Sullivan, former President and CEO Mazda North America Operations, will join their globally recognized team as a Managing Partner. 

Mr. O’Sullivan is recognized as a creative, strategic and impactful global automotive leader with a proven track record across multiple OEM brands. He began his career with Ford Motor Company and progressed through a variety of leadership roles in finance, distribution, marketing and sales. In 2003, he was promoted to President and CEO Mazda North American Operations, overseeing all aspects of the North American business including sales, research & development, and all support business functions. Shortly after his appointment, O’Sullivan was elected a Managing Executive Officer of the Mazda Motor Corporation, the parent company in Hiroshima Japan. 

During his 13-year tenure with Mazda, he played a critical role in the renewal of the global company to a record level of profit and growth. His leadership of the North American Mazda business allowed it to transform this key market into a significant business group within the Mazda Corporation global portfolio. He was also instrumental in expanding the Mazda North America business by establishing Mazda Motors Mexico in 2005. 

Among his countless other recognized accomplishments, Jim was awarded both the Automotive Executive of the Year and the Automotive News All-Stars Award. 

“We are elated to have Jim join the motormindz team and the timing could not be better. He further strengthens our impressive leadership team roster at a time of rapid growth. Jim will be a key contributor in our mission to continue to accelerate the development and implementation of innovative automotive solutions,” said Jeff Van Dongen, Founder & CEO of motormindz. 

O’Sullivan joins a team of recognized and experienced global automotive industry leaders including the likes of Ray Fisher from the Chrysler Group, Don Johnson from General Motors, John Felice from Ford Motor Company, Peter Miles from BMW, and many more. 

In a statement, O’Sullivan said, “I am thrilled to join a team of industry peers with a shared vision for innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a great opportunity to continue to do my part to drive the auto industry forward at a time of dynamic change. It’s an honor to be the most recent addition to this winning team.”

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