N. Ray Hedding, as a Senior Advisor, supports and guides Kyyba in its strategic software services and client engagement.
Ray has more than 39 years of experience with some of the United States leading automakers in various manufacturing management and executive positions in processing, launching and producing vehicle assembly and automotive related body panels in the areas of production, tools, engineering and manufacturing computer systems.
As a Director – Advance Stamping Manufacturing Engineering (ASME), DaimlerChrysler, Auburn Hills, Michigan, Ray was responsible for all new model stamping manufacturing engineering including:
Process, Design and build for dies and stamping assemblies, corporate tool and die construction facility – Mt. Elliott
New Technology for Stamping, Stamping planning, new press room equipment and facilities
Manufacturing computer Hardware and Software Technology Development for Vehicle Assembly, Power train and Stamping
Advance technical training for all manufacturing and new model products
As a General Manager – Manufacturing, Mazda Motor USA Corp., Flat Rock., Michigan, Ray was responsible for all vehicle manufacturing operations including stamping, body, plastics and vehicle assembly along with maintenance and new model preparation. This includes launching a Greenfield "State of the Art" stamping facility.
At General Motors, Pontiac, Michigan, Ray held various positions including die designer, process engineer, production general foreman, Assistant Superintendent – Industrial Engineering, Superintendent – Stamping Manufacturing Engineering and Superintendent – Major panel stamping plant operations.
Ray received BSME from General Motors Institute, Flint, Michigan, MBA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and MSIOE from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.