Joe MatthewsVice President of Purchasing and Diversity Officer
Session: One MMSDC: The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion; Not Just a Passing Fad
Joe Matthews joined Gentex in 2010 as a Purchasing Manager. In 2013, he was promoted to Purchasing Director with additional responsibilities for supply chain management, with his most recent promotion to Vice President in 2014, Joe’s team is responsible for all direct and indirect material goods and services, logistics spend as well as customs compliance and supplier diversity. In 2018, he was appointed as Gentex’s first Diversity Officer. In this role, Joe is responsible for the development and implementation of Gentex’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Joe is a native of Gary, Indiana. He started his career at Delphi in Kokomo, Indiana in 1991. Joe’s experiences there include IC design, operations, manufacturing engineering, and roles of increasing responsibility in supply management. In 2003, Joe became part of the sourcing leadership for Whirlpool Corporation in Michigan. In addition, he held leadership positions for the pre-integration sourcing planning for the Maytag acquisition, Indirect, and Supply Chain. In 2009, Joe worked for Management Engineers (now PwC Strategy&) to expand their presence into the United States. Joe graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In addition, he has a Master of Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a Master of Business Administration both cum laude from Cornell University.