Senior Executive Advisor
Mr. Runkle is Executive Chairman of Ioxus Corporation, an ultra-capacitor company. He serves on the boards of Lear Corporation, VIA Motors, and the Lean Enterprise Institute. He is on the Advisory Boards of General Fusion, TULA Technology, and PowerGenix; all venture capital backed companies. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Council of the University of Michigan and runs his own consulting company. Mr. Runkle was formerly CEO and Executive Chairman of EcoMotors, developing a revolutionary engine funded by Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, and Braemar Energy Ventures. He was Chairman of EaglePicher Corporation from 2006 through 2011 and a board member of Envirotest. Mr. Runkle is a former Vice-Chairman and CTO of Delphi Corporation, where he also served on the Board of Directors and Strategy Board. As Delphi Vice-Chairman, Mr. Runkle was the senior executive for deploying lean principles, streamlining and integrating engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing. As CTO, Runkle was responsible for global supply management, manufacturing and engineering oversight, research and development, aftermarket, the commercial vehicle accounts, and the DaimlerChrysler account. In 1998/99, Runkle co-led the IPO and spin-off of Delphi from General Motors. Prior to Delphi, Mr. Runkle held many executive positions at General Motors including Vice President and Chief Engineer of GM, Chief Engineer of Chevrolet and Assistant Chief Engineer of Buick. He holds bachelor and master degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School where he was a Sloan Fellow.