Daniel J Schmidt


Vice President, Engineering and Technology

Augusta, GA



Dynamic professional with progressive experience in leading and transforming large global product development and innovation teams to drive breakthrough growth.  Adept at cultivating partnerships and building lasting relationships across all international business sectors.  Specialized knowledge in product development, project management, innovation, technology strategy, and international leadership to launch breakthough high margin products and highly engaged teams.


Customer Focused • Technology • Innovation • Organizational Development • Project Management Global Research & Development • Quality Systems & Management • Strategic Planning • New Business Development • Team Building • Transformational Leadership





INGERSOLL-RAND, Augusta, GA                                                                         Jan 2015 – Present

Vice President, Engineering & Technology – Club Car

Completely transforming and rebuilding Club Car’s product strategy, project management, product development, and innovation capability enabling significant business growth.   Spearheading breakthrough product tranformations into digitally connected solutions including vehicle control, infotainment, GPS, telematics, and new service offerings.  Building software teams, modernizing test capability, and developing new offshore engineering capability to leverage talent and accelerate transformation.


Selected Achievements:

Developed and launched industry first innovations including lithium-ion, over-the-air vehicle updates, car control, an autonomous caddy, several new consumer based vehicles, and “The Shark Experience” an immersive streaming service in collaboration with Greg Norman and Verizon.
Rebuilt product development and new technology processes, people, and capability.
Transformed testing organization by modernizing people skills, processes, and equipment/technology
Developed off-shore engineering center for software and embedded controls.
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY,  Midland, MI  2007 – Present


Global Operations Director, Dow AgroSciences                                                     May 2013 – Jan 2015

Active leadership of global operations for the business with oversight of several manufacturing facilities.  Partnered with our senior cross functional leaders including sales, marketing, finance, and R&D to help shape business strategy and achieve business objectives.  Accountable for manufacturing strategy, purchasing, production, quality, employee health & safety, cost, and margin improvement.


Global Engineering & Technology Director, Battery Systems                                 Jan 2010 – May 2013

Built and led Dow Kokam JV global product engineering while reporting to CEO and overseeing responsibility for the complete product lifecycle, including innovation, design, prototyping, product development, testing, launch and delivery/service.  Direct global engineering responsibility for lithium ion battery development, bridging R&D materials development, purchasing, project management, product engineering, and manufacturing operations.


Global R&D Director, Material Science & Engineering                                            Aug 2007 – Jan 2010

Led global industrial design, innovation, product development, design analysis, and customer application engineering serving all Dow businesses.  Created business value by utilizing the broad base of Dow materials throughout hundreds of consumer product segments.  Directed diverse international engineering teams across U.S., Europe, India, China, Taiwan, Japan, & Brazil to innovate and develop new products.

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Selected Achievements:

Created multiple product and process innovations in medical devices, water purification, electronics materials, coatings, and composites.
Led team to deliver multiple patents and plastics industry innovation awards
Steered innovations which incubated new Dow businesses and multiple $300M+ manufacturing facilities in solar energy, diesel particulate filters, composites, and energy storage
Tactically built new high performance engineering teams and capabilities within several emerging markets.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY / VISTEON,  Dearborn, MI  1993 – 2007


Director, Global Engineering, Driveline & Chassis                                                  Jan 2003 – Aug 2007

Led advanced technology, application engineering, and external collaborations of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering functions.  Drove electro-mechanical innovations in all-wheel-drive systems, axles, power transfer units, driveline, suspension, and exhaust systems on a global scale.


Selected Achievements:

Innovated, developed, and launched dozens of new products for multiple automotive OEM’s.  Built strong relationships with the most senior technical leaders across the industry and across the globe.
Significantly improved collaboration with manufacturing, purchasing, and customer business units by leading consolidation of Driveline, Steering, Suspension, and Exhaust engineering operations.
Optimized total cost and quality by driving design and manufacturing process improvements.
Actively developed engineering capabilities in each manufacturing plant and across engineering centers throughout Germany, U.K., Poland, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.
Sr. Manager, Engineering & Innovation, Transmission & Driveline (Germany)        Dec 1998 – Jan 2003

Directly delivered advanced, core, and application engineering for all automotive driveline products to multiple global customers.  Transformed and rebuilt the European driveline product development organization.  Transferred nearly all core engineering knowledge from U.S. to Germany, Poland, and U.K. through effective vision casting, recruiting, and training resulting in a now self-sufficient team with strong leadership that no longer requires expensive “international service” resources.


Business Strategy Planner, Transmission & Driveline                                             Jan 1998 – Dec 1998


Product Engineer, Transmission & Driveline                                                           Feb 1993 – Jan 1998



Bachelor of Science (BS), Mechanical Engineering

Specialized in Electro-mechanical Systems

MSOE University – Milwaukee Wisconsin – 1993



1800+ hours of Post-Graduate Education

Special emphasis on technical, innovation and management / leadership courses

Ingersoll-Rand / Ford Motor Co. / Dow Chemical

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