Our Leadership Team Welcomes You

"Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first."

Angela Ahrendts (Senior Vice President, Apple)

"Success is best when it's shared."

Howard Schultz (Chairman & CEO, Starbucks)
Steve Dailey, President
Dailey began working for NGK Ceramics in 1988 as the company’s first Manufacturing Manager. Over the years his responsibilities grew. He held the roles of General Manager and Vice President and was involved in the hiring process of the company’s current management team. Dailey established the original work instructions for plant processes as well as the effective training system still used today, and he oversaw the startup of the original processes. During his tenure Dailey has gained valuable insight into the company’s many processes which has helped him become the well respected leader he is today.

Steve Dailey graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and went to work for Union Carbide in the Electronics Division in 1977. He served Union Carbide for 11 years before beginning his 30 year career with NGK Ceramics USA, Inc.

Gioly Ito, Vice President

Gioly Ito, Vice President

Koichi “Gioly” Ito has been serving as NGK Ceramics USA’s Vice President since 2017.

 

Ito began his career at NGK’s headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, as an IT engineer in 1991 and has been with NGK ever since. He worked as a plant design engineer for NGK’s water & waste management system in both Japan and Germany for 10 years. In 2003 he went back to headquarters to work for the Corporate Planning Dept. where he promoted strategic growth initiatives with Corporate R&D. In 2006 Ito transitioned to the Ceramic Products Business Group where he engaged himself in site selection and start-up of the new manufacturing base of diesel exhaust ceramic substrate/filter, NGK Ceramics Mexico. 

During that time, his main duty in facility and maintenance management was to keep up with the steep growth of the factory for its first 5 years. Now Ito is back in North America after a 2-year stay in Japan as manager of the Global Facility Management Dept. which coordinates the capital investment and facility maintenance activities throughout NGK’s eight global ceramic subsidiaries. Ito holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of System Science from Kyoto University.

Todd Alexander, Director of Administration

Todd Alexander, Director of Administration

Todd Alexander has served as NGK Ceramics USA’s Director of Administration since 2012 and is responsible for Human Resources, Training and Development, Information Technology, Accounting, Purchasing, Safety and Environmental, and Security.

 

Alexander began his NGK tenure in 1992 and quickly moved into management, holding such roles as the Inspection Manager, Inventory Control Department Manager, and the Manager of Administration. Alexander lived in Nagoya, Japan, for two years, working in the Automotive Ceramics Product Engineering group after being assigned to NGK’s headquarters there.

 

Prior to joining NGK, Alexander worked for Cone Mills Corporation in Salisbury, NC as

an Assistant Human Resources Manager, Training Manager, and a Production Supervisor. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance from The University of South Carolina, a Master of Business Administration from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in Organizational Management from Pfeiffer University.

Bill Grabb, Director of Manufacturing

Bill Grabb, Director of Manufacturing
Bill Grabb joined NGK in 2005 after 25 years in the electronics ceramics industry. During his tenure he has been responsible for a variety of departments including Materials, Engineering, and Production Planning. He has served as the Director of Manufacturing since 2017 and is responsible for all manufacturing operations of NGK Ceramics USA and NGK Materials USA. Grabb received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramics Engineering from Clemson University.

Lee Johnson, Director of Engineering
Lee Johnson, Director of Engineering
Lee Johnson is the Director of Engineering at NGK Ceramics USA., Inc. He began working for NGK in 2003 as a Process & Technology Engineer with a primary focus on continuous improvement and cost reduction. He also worked heavily on the implementation of a new HONEYCERAM product at that time.

In 2010, Johnson became the Process & Technology Manager where he oversaw the entire Process & Technology Department’s continuous improvement efforts. After seven years, Johnson took on the role of Assistant Engineering Director and was later promoted to the Director of Engineering where he is now responsible for all engineering functions across the facility.

Some of Johnson’s many accomplishments at NGK include the implementation of a new HONEYCERAM product, the implementation of the clay recycling program, and the introduction of a new line for a new large substrate product. Lee Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology.