Automotive lighting company Lumileds has appointed Dave Illes as director of sales for the North American Automotive Aftermarket. He will be responsible for all sales channels and customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the company reported.
Illes is a veteran of the automotive aftermarket with over 25 years of executive sales and account management experience. Prior to joining Lumileds, he held a variety of sales management positions during his 17 years at Tenneco Inc.
“We are extremely excited to have Dave Illes heading up our aftermarket sales,” said Eric Hatty, Lumileds RVP & GM North America Automotive. “Dave comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and sales expertise in the automotive parts industry, as well as the lighting business. His proven leadership and sales success in the traditional, retail, performance and commercial vehicle markets will go a long way in helping us to substantially grow and expand our business. We are very fortunate to have Dave on our team and look forward to his contributions.”
Illes holds a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Aftermarket Management from Northwood University and an AD in Business-Transportation and Distribution from Sheridan College (Ontario). He is a past-chairman of AIA Canada Young Executive Society and a member of AIA Canada CEO Roundtable. He will be based out of Farmington Hills, Michigan.
“This is a world-class lighting manufacturer with a tremendous growth opportunity in the North American automotive aftermarket, and I am honored to be a part of it,” Illes said.