Phil Martens joined Dearborn, Mich.-based Plastech last October as president and COO, after 18 years with Ford Motor Co. The acquisition of LDM Technologies Inc. in early 2004 vaulted Plastech into the upper tier of U.S. automotive molders. The 18-year-old company today has sales of about $1.2 billion and ranked last year as the fifth-largest plastics injection molder in North America, based on Plastics News research.
When he left Ford, Martens was group vice president for product creation, overseeing the design, engineering and development of all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and light trucks sold in North America. Previously he served as VP for vehicle product development and engineering, responsible for all Ford North America platform teams, and prior to that, was VP of vehicle programs and processes.
From 1999-2002 Martens also was managing director for product planning, design and product development for Mazda Motor Corp. It was with Mazda that he worked to re-energize the brand with the return of the rotary engine for the RX-8 sports car and develop the Mazda 6 sedan, hatchback and wagon.
After joining Ford in 1987, he held several positions of increasing responsibility in the United States and Europe. He was appointed manager of small car vehicle development in 1993 and later was named chief program engineer in Ford´s large and luxury car vehicle center. In 1998, he became chief engineer in vehicle/chassis engineering, small and medium car vehicle center in Europe, and played a lead role in developing the award-winning Mondeo.
Martens holds a bachelor´s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Michigan. The Buffalo, N.Y., native was also awarded a doctorate of engineering from Lawrence Technological University for his extensive contribution to the automotive industry.