Richard Swando


Richard Swando is a ground-breaking executive who has been one of the key strategists and drivers in transforming the global automotive industry.   He has served in a series of pivotal roles which has defined how business is done globally today within automotive manufacturing, including as:


  • Managing Director – Manufacturing  |  General Motors / St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Managing Director | General Motors Avtovaz Joint Venture / Togliatti, Russia
  • Managing Director | General Motors India Operations / Baroda, India
  • Deputy General Manager | General Motors / Shanghai, China
  • General Manager | GM Asia Pacific Regional Operations / Hong Kong
  • Department Head – International CKD Product Programs | Chrysler
  • Vice-Chairman Plant Operations | Beijing Jeep Corporation / Beijing, China
  • Other roles involving engineering and manufacturing launches in  Russia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Egypt, Mexico, China, Indonesia and Australia

In addition to serving on PAC's Advisory Board, Rick advises clients undertaking complex joint ventures, initiating emerging market strategies, and he provides guidance to clients for successful program execution.  His broad background in plant construction, machinery & equipment installations, plant start-ups, vehicle launch, supply chain development, product planning & development, sales & distribution, turnarounds and joint ventures make Rick a uniquely valuable consultant to corporations with extensive global footprints.


He has been with PAC since 2009.


Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Detroit
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Detroit

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