With a celebrated career spanning over four decades, Larry is a dynamic, forward-looking leader driven by innovation and an unrelenting pursuit of efficiency. In his role at Ghafari, Larry is responsible for overseeing our process engineering practice with an intense focus on extending our problem-solving capabilities to new strategic markets.
Prior to joining Ghafari in 2015, Larry was a recognized leader in the automotive industry, directing strategic and growth initiatives for both OEMs and supplier companies. He previously served as president of Nobel Automotive, where he tripled sales in four years. Before that, he was chairman, CEO and president of DURA Automotive Systems, where he developed a restructuring plan that enabled the automotive supplier to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than 20 months. He was also president of Dow Automotive for seven years and spent 24 years with Ford Motor Company, where he held a variety of senior management positions.
Larry holds a master’s degree in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Vice President and Chairman for Cornerstone Schools, and a board chairman at Detroit’s New Common School Foundation.