Michigan - Oxford Automotive, Inc. announced that Herve Guillaume and
George R. Mrkonic will join the company's Board of Directors. Both
gentlemen have extensive experience in guiding high growth global
companies and together are expected to bring a wealth of strategic
insight, financial and industry expertise to Oxford Automotive as it
pursues its objective to become a top supplier to automotive OEMs
Guillaume is Chairman of Group Bonnet, a European consumer goods
conglomerate. Until last year he was Chairman of Groupe Valfond, a large
automotive casting, forging and stamping company, from whom Oxford
Automotive acquired the assets of Cofimeta, now Oxford
Automotive-France. Previously he was President of Groupe Seribo and a
member of the Board of the well-known Pinault Printemps Group where he
held various leadership positions including President of several
subsidiaries. Mr. Guillaume, who resides in France, has degrees from the
prestigious l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales due Nord and the
l'Institut Europeen d'Administration des Affaires. He started his career
at Citibank and spent ten years at Renault, ultimately rising to
Director of Finance as well as Director of Commercial and Industrial
Affairs of Renault Vehicules Industriels, the truck division of Renault.
Mrkonic is Vice Chairman and former President of Borders Group, Inc., a
global book and music retailer. He was formerly President of Kmart
Specialty Retail Group including Sports Authority, Builders Square,
Pace, Payless Drugs and Office Max. His retail experience also included
being President of Eyelab, Inc., a fast growing chain of optical super
stores, and Herman's Sporting Goods, Inc., the largest U.S. sporting
goods retailer. Mr. Mrkonic has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of
Business Administration and an MA and BA from Stanford University.
Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors of Champion Enterprises,
Inc., Syntel and Cheap Tickets, Inc. He has led both Borders Group, Inc.
and Herman's Sporting Goods through initial public offerings.