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Sage Automotive Interiors announces leadership transition

Company News, News | April 3, 2024 | By:

Sage Automotive Interiors
Dan Russian, Sage Automotive’s new president and CEO. Image: Sage Automotive

Sage Automotive Interiors, an automotive interior materials manufacturer headquartered in Greenville, S.C., announced the appointment of Dan Russian as its new president and CEO.

Russian succeeds Chris Heard, who retired on March 31, 2024, after a 38-year career.

A University of Tennessee alumnus with a degree in industrial engineering, Russian’s tenure spans over 33 years. He began his career as a shift manager in 1990, demonstrating capable leadership and dedication to the company.

Chairman of the Sage Automotive Interiors Board of Directors, Dirk Pieper says about Russian, “Dan has the experience and exposure to all parts of the company to take us forward in a way that will advance the company toward its 2030 goals and beyond.”

In 2009, Russian was part of the team that created Sage Automotive Interiors from Milliken’s automotive division. He became vice president of Europe during a five-year expat assignment in Europe – living in Germany and Italy, helping to integrate new Sage acquisitions. Upon return to the U.S., Russian became vice president of sales and marketing (Americas).

Sage Automotive Interiors entered its 15th year since becoming independent in 2009. Currently, Sage has approximately $1 billion in annual revenue and operates on five continents with 5,000 employees globally. South Carolina hosts four manufacturing locations, and the company headquarters, employing roughly 1,000 people in Greenville, Spartanburg and Abbeville counties. Sage also has a location in Georgia.

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