The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) named Joe LaRussa, PE, director of membership. LaRussa will be responsible for increasing the value of SME membership. His first official day as membership director will be Monday, April 5. Debbie Holton, who was previously responsible for SME’s membership activities, will be assuming a leadership role as director of industry strategy and product development focused on both existing and new event strategies, which engage SME members and outside organizations.
Prior to joining SME, LaRussa was a project manager – customer quality office for Chrysler Group LLC. Previously, he was a mobile electronics project manager at Visteon Corp. He has been an SME member since 1994, previously served as an SME Membership Consultant, a community advisor for the Product & Process Design and Management Community, and was appointed to the SME Member Council in 2009. In 2008, he received the SAE Foundation's Young Manufacturing Leadership Award.
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