Mike Fox

Mike Fox is an FTE Senior Advisor with over 30 years of experience in automotive manufacturing.  He has operational experience in line management, engineering, facilities and maintenance in multiple automotive assembly plants.  Additionally, Mike has deep experience in all aspects of paint shops, including facilities, maintenance, technical support, and line management.

Notable experience and accomplishments:

  • Developed detailed start-up plans for new paint facility, including the on-boarding plan for all employees with a focus on technical, operational and cultural aspects of a lean operation.
  • Analyzed existing paint process for a client and developed standardized work for process improvements. Trained all team members in the standardized work and technique, and coached monitoring compliance to improve FTQ from 30% to 75% in four weeks.
  • As Plant Engineering Manager for a vehicle plant, successfully implemented preventative and predictable maintenance techniques, improving both uptime and quality.
  • Extensive operations management experience in body shops, paint shops and general assembly operations. Excels at team engagement and driving shop floor ownership, empowering the team members and team leaders.
  • Represented three automotive Tier 1 Suppliers to the various automotive assembly plants; responsible for all communication, problem prevention and resolution.

Prior to joining FTE, Mike worked for a major global automotive manufacturer, directly responsible for managing all aspects of vehicle assembly, from line management in all shops, to facilities and maintenance. In addition, Mike functioned as a Crew Leader of a large automotive complex responsible for of all aspects of production, including safety, quality, delivery, and cost.  He also was directly involved in the design, construction, commissioning  and daily management of a state of art paint facility, and was promoted following the successful launch.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Alma College.