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CEO Hyundai Motor America, Automobile Executive

N. Douglas Mazza

Douglas Mazza’s distinguished career in the automotive industry began on the team that introduced Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America’s new line of automobiles in the United States.  Later as the senior executive for American Suzuki Motor Corporation, he authored the marketing plan that successfully launched Suzuki automobiles in this country.  Under his leadership the Suzuki Samurai was named one of the top 10 marketed products in the United States and became the subject of a Harvard case study.

Doug Mazza then joined Hyundai Motor America as its top American executive, serving as the chief executive of this $1.5 billion company for four years.  During his years of leadership in the automotive industry he also served as vice chairman of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers in Washington D. C..

Long a dedicated volunteer with a variety of non-profit organizations that meet the human needs locally and nationally, Doug and his wife, Lorraine, made a life changing decision when Doug became executive vice president of the international Christian ministry, Joni And Friends.  Founded by visionary, author, artist and quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni And Friends serves those affected by disabilities and their families in the United States, western and eastern Europe, China, India, Africa and South America.

He has been the recipient of a national award from the organization Women Against Violence in the Media for his public stance against sexism and for family values.

Doug will speak about a challenging subject, “Giving Up Control to Gain Power”.  He has endured tremendous adversity in his life and the lessons he has learned as a husband and father have had a great influence in his career.  An Otterbein College graduate, Doug and his wife Lorraine are the parents of 5 sons and reside in Woodland Hills, CA.