Centennial Seminar Series

L. Wayne Garrett

Chief Manufacturing Officer (Retired)
Harman International Industries, Inc.

The Expanding Opportunities for Engineers

Given our ever-changing world, a traditional engineering career is no longer viable.  The old boundaries between engineering disciplines are blurred as professionals routinely use their critical thinking skills across the broader engineering landscape.  Incredible opportunities are open to those willing to meet the challenge. 

Wayne’s presentation will focus on the business side of engineering; the importance of developing the soft skills essential to career advancement; and the impact of strategic business decisions, exponential changes in technology, and a rapidly shifting global scenario. 

Wayne’s career has spanned the automotive and electronics industries.  He served as Chief Manufacturing Officer for Harman International and transformed the company into the largest automotive infotainment supplier with annual sales increasing from $400 million to $4.0 billion in five years.  With 35% of the worldwide market, Harman supplied the automotive elite, namely Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi.

As Chief Operations Officer for ArvinMeritor’s Light Vehicle Systems business group, Wayne led a strategic restructuring and successful performance turnaround of the $3.0 billion business.  During his tenure at Thomson Consumer Electronics (RCA/GE), he led the global restructuring/integration of five regional businesses with 60,000 employees and 44 factories worldwide.  Serving as General Manager of Manufacturing Technology for General Electric, he led corporate productivity initiatives in automation, manufacturability, and operational excellence.  At Chrysler, Wayne held various leadership positions including initial development engineering for the front-wheel drive transmission.