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Seasoned business leader and strategic advisor Lawrence (Larry) Denton has joined Ghafari Associates as president of the firm’s Process Group. Denton brings more than 40 years of automotive and executive leadership experience to Ghafari. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s process engineering practice as well as advancing its strategic growth objectives.
“We are very excited to welcome Larry to the Ghafari team,” says President and CEO Kouhaila Hammer. “He brings extensive experience in executive leadership, strategic planning, team building and business development along with a unique insight on the operational challenges faced by the manufacturing sector. I believe that Larry is the right leader to advance the objectives and growth strategies not only of the Ghafari Process Group, but also other aspects of the business.”
Prior to joining Ghafari, Denton 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 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.
I believe that Larry is the right leader to advance the objectives and growth strategies not only of the Ghafari Process Group, but also other aspects of the business.
President + CEO, Ghafari
“I am pleased to return to my engineering roots and lead the Process Group at Ghafari,” says Denton. “I’m impressed with the group’s experience and talent, and I plan to work closely with leadership to further the firm’s strategic vision and growth.”
A Sloan fellow, Denton 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.