Auto industry veteran named CEO of global supplier

LEXINGTON — HDT Automotive Solutions announced the appointment of Patrick Paige as its CEO.

HDT is the result of the merger of Lexington-based Huron Inc. and Attimis, Italy-based Dynamic Technologies SpA A.

HDT employs more than 4,000 people at 10 manufacturing plants across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, and China. It supplies automotive fluid-handling systems and other aluminum parts.

In 2017, Ardian, a Paris-based independent private equity investment firm, acquired Dynamic Technologies and merged it with Huron, an existing portfolio company controlled by the Ardian North America Direct Buyouts team.

Patrick Paige

Paige, who has more than three decades of experience in the automotive industry, was most recently president and CEO of Acument Global Technologies Inc., a Sterling Heights-based manufacturer of automotive fasteners. In his role, he was responsible for overseeing AGT’s engineering, manufacturing and distribution operations in the global transportation, industrial construction and aerospace industries.

Said Vincent Fandozzi, the New York-based chief of Ardian North America Direct Buyouts: “We thank Walter Zonta, former CEO, for his remarkable leadership helping to solidify the successful 2017 merger and look forward to his continued contributions as executive chairman of the HDT Automotive board. We are excited to welcome Patrick as we embark on HDT Automotive’s next stage of growth.”

Added Zonta: “We are very happy that Patrick is joining our company, allowing us to continue serving our customers in the conventional areas, but also to help us develop exciting new products for evolving segments such as hybrid and electric vehicles.”

And Paige said: “HDT Automotive is uniquely positioned to deliver products, technologies and services to its world-class customer base by utilizing and leveraging best practices throughout the company. I am grateful to have such a deeply committed team. The input, engagement and guidance of all HDT Automotive employees will play a vital role in this transformational and exciting process.”

Paige’s earlier employers in the auto industry include Johnson Controls Inc. and American Axle & Manufacturing, where he was CEO of AAM’s UK-based subsidiary Albion Automotive. Paige began his career at Chrysler Corp. in 1987.

Paige holds both a bachelor’s and law degree from Michigan State University.

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