Ronald A. Frisbie

June 4, 2015

Ronald A. Frisbie (BS Chem Egr ’77, Honors College ’77) was appointed vice president of North American operations at Cooper-Standard, effective May 4. 

Frisbie oversees the company's North American operations and is based at the company's North American headquarters in Novi, Mich. He replaces Michael Summers who was appointed to a newly created position of vice president of operation excellence.

Frisbie brings extensive operational expertise, including more than 20 years of automotive industry experience, to his new role at Cooper Standard. At Visteon Corp., he held various director positions in a number of business units, most recently serving as the director, global total value management.

Earlier, he spent 21 years at Ford Motor Co. where he held progressively more responsible roles in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and England. Prior to his departure from Ford, he was responsible for all aspects of a Shingo Prize winning UAW plant and achieved record level improvements in cycle time and cost reduction through lean manufacturing techniques.

He most recently served as executive vice president, global operations at CareFusion where he was responsible for world-wide manufacturing operations across multiple manufacturing sites and distribution centers. Previously, he held operational positions within the medical, and oil and gas industries at Smiths Medical, Vetco-Gray and Medtronic. Frisbie started his career at Atlantic Richfield Company as a process design engineer.

Frisbie earned an MBA and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from MSU.

Cooper Standard, headquartered in Novi, Mich., is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Products include sealing, fuel and brake delivery, fluid transfer and anti-vibration systems. Cooper Standard employs more than 27,000 people globally and operates in 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit