- JR Automation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has announced the appointment of Dave DeGraaf as its new Chief Executive Officer.
- DeGraaf brings extensive experience in manufacturing, mobility, and energy storage, with leadership roles at Johnson Controls, Faurecia, Gill Industries, and Volta Power Systems.
- The retirement of Craig Ulrich, the previous CEO, prompted this transition.
Introduction: Dave DeGraaf Assumes CEO Role at JR Automation
JR Automation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has named Dave DeGraaf as its new Chief Executive Officer. DeGraaf succeeds Craig Ulrich, who recently announced his retirement.
A Career of Leadership in Manufacturing and Energy Storage
Dave DeGraaf brings a wealth of experience to JR Automation, having held key leadership positions in various industries. He has made significant contributions in manufacturing, mobility, and energy storage sectors while working at Johnson Controls, Faurecia, and Gill Industries. DeGraaf also boasts an illustrious career with the United States Air Force. Prior to joining JR Automation, he served as the CEO of Volta Power Systems, a prominent player in advanced lithium-ion power systems for RV, marine, and work-truck OEMs.
Welcoming Dave DeGraaf and Recognizing Craig Ulrich
Hiroga Kozai, Chairman of JR Automation and President of Hitachi Industrial Holdings Americas, Inc., expressed excitement about Dave DeGraaf joining JR Automation and the Hitachi family. Kozai highlighted DeGraaf’s proven leadership experience and vision, which align with the company’s mission to drive social innovation. The retirement of Craig Ulrich, the previous CEO, was acknowledged, and his dedication and leadership during his tenure were commended.
JR Automation’s Global Growth and Digital Solutions
JR Automation is experiencing an exciting phase in its history, marked by global growth, facility expansions, enhanced services and capabilities, and expanded turnkey solutions. With over 2,000 employees and more than 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing floor space across 21 global facilities, JR Automation has emerged as one of the leading automation integrators worldwide. As part of the Hitachi Group, the company has been actively involved in digital transformation solutions, assisting customers in achieving their smart manufacturing objectives.
Dave DeGraaf’s Perspective
Dave DeGraaf expressed his honor in joining the dedicated and talented team at JR Automation. He expressed inspiration by the innovative work happening within the company’s facilities worldwide. DeGraaf is eager to support customers in their growth by leveraging digital solutions and automation to enhance their IT/OT infrastructure.
About JR Automation
Established in 1980, JR Automation is a renowned provider of intelligent automated manufacturing technology solutions. The company addresses key operational and productivity challenges for customers across various industries, including automotive, life sciences, and aerospace. In 2019, JR Automation was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd., aiming to offer seamless integration between the physical and cyber spaces for industrial manufacturers and distributors worldwide. With a global presence and a workforce of over 2,000 employees, JR Automation is committed to providing comprehensive integration solutions to achieve customers’ Industry 4.0 visions.