Cooper-Standard has announced the appointment of Ronald Frisbie as vice president of North American operations.

In his new position, Frisbie will report to Bill Pumphrey, SVP president of North America and will be based at the company’s North American headquarters in Novi, Michigan.

Frisbie replaces Michael Summers who was appointed to a newly-created position of vice president of operation excellence.

Summers will be responsible for the implementation of best business practices across Cooper Standard’s global organisation, driving standardisation and optimising the capital investments and inventory levels.

He will report directly to Keith Stephenson, chief operating officer.

“As a seasoned operations executive with more than 35 years of diverse product, process and lean experience, Ron will make a great addition to the Cooper Standard executive team,” said Pumphrey.

“We are also pleased to announce Mike’s new position, as he has made significant progress in our North American operations.”