Our Team

Executive Leadership

  • Brian Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Essex, a role he has held since May 2015. During his tenure, Kim has overseen the establishment of the Essex Furukawa Global Joint Venture, the Automotive Strategic Business Unit, and Essex Malaysia. Kim has also led the launch of the MagForceX Innovation Centers and the construction of a magnet wire facility in Serbia. Prior to his position with the company, Kim served as the President of LG Hausys America and the Principal of A.T. Kearny in Seoul, South Korea. Kim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Yonsei University and then earned an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan.

    Brian Kim

    Chief Executive Officer

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  • Anna Basista is the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources for Superior Essex. It is a role that she has held for nearly four years after also serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for both Essex Magnet Wire as well as Superior Essex over the preceding four. Her servant leadership style has allowed for a steady growth path within the company to now overseeing all human resource efforts. Prior to her role with Superior Essex, Basista spent nearly 15 years as a senior human resources director for several other companies. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii before achieving a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Elmhurst College. Basista is a member of SHRM with a SHRM-SCP certification as well as holding a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from HRCI.

    Anna Basista

    SVP, Global Human Resources

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  • Tim Shiigi is the SVP, Global Operations and is responsible for the global operation and manufacturing aspects of the business. He joined Furukawa Electric in 1986 and accepted this new position in October 2020 with the announcement of the Global Joint Venture. Prior to his current role he was the Divisional Manager of Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd (Japan) & President of Furukawa Magnet Wire  Co., Ltd. Shiigi was responsible for the global operation of the Magnet Wire Business and worked to establish this current venture. Prior to that, he was a Plant Manager, VP of FEMCO in Franklin Indiana USA (a former JV Company with SPSX) from 2006, as well as the Engineering & Technical Director of FEMM in Malaysia from 1998. He obtained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Kyushu University, Japan.

    Toru (Tim) Shiigi

    SVP, Global Operations

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  • Mesaki is the SVP, Global Research and Development. He is responsible for the global company research and development effort. Mesaki was part of Furukawa Group for 35 years and joined Essex Furukawa in October 2020 with the formalization of the Global Joint Venture. His former roles included being the Technical Director of the magnet wire division at Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and also the Technical Director of Furukawa Magnet Wire Co., Ltd. In that role, he was responsible for materials and process development, and product design.  Prior to that, Mesaki was responsible for materials development and the development of composites of metals and plastics, including the Managing Director of FE Magnet wire (Malaysia), and the GM of the Polymer Research Center at Furukawa Electric. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Tokyo Institute Polytechnics University.

    Masakazu (Mike) Mesaki

    SVP, Global Research and Development

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  • Jared Rowntree is the President, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire North America, a role that he was transitioned into recently after the completion of the global joint venture, from his previous position as President of Asia Pacific. Rowntree has been with the organization for nearly a decade, operating as a Materials Manager, Operations Manager, Plant Manager, and Managing Director which grew his skillset and leadership ability that helped elevate him to his current role. Prior to coming to Essex, he worked for two other, leading manufacturers. Rowntree has his degrees from Queens University as well as Conestoga College.

    Jared Rowntree

    President, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire North America

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  • Ing. Klaus Borstner is currently the President, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Europe and is leading the continued evolution and market leadership of our energy focused business in the field of CTC and other multi-enameled copper products. He has a 30 years of experience in the electrical industry, in various senior positions, and during his career he has developed vast global experience by living and working in Southeast Asia, the United States, and China. Prior to his time with Essex, he spend more than 20 years at Elin, an Austrian company that become Siemens in the field of HV-applications and transformers. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering which aids in his understanding of processes and innovation.

    Klaus Borstner

    President, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Europe

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  • Maekawa is the President Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Japan. He was the deputy Divisional Manager of Magnet Wire Division at Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd (Japan) and joined Essex Furukawa at the announcement of the joint venture in October 2020. He has worked with the Furukawa Electric Group since 1984, at has executed strategical global business development in these years in both Tokyo and London, UK.  Additionally, Maekawa was the General Manager, Planning Department under the Chief Marketing Officer from 2012-17. He obtains his Bachelor of Economics from Nagoya University in Japan.

    Mikimori Maekawa

    President Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Japan

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  • Matt Leach is the VP, New Product Introduction and Innovation, North America for Essex Furukawa. He was responsible for launching and overseeing the MagForceX Innovation Center during the last three years. Leach has worked with Superior Essex -- ​with increasing responsibilities -- in technology and operations for nearly 25 years. Most recently Leach served as Vice President of Operations ​for Essex North America. He is ​currently tasked with leading a team of experts across a multitude of disciplines to solve the next wave of technological questions. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree ​in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from ​Indiana University.

    Matt Leach

    VP, New Product Introduction and Innovation, North America

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  • Joonhee (Albert) Lee is the Managing Director, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire China, a role that focuses on the automotive industry with a specific emphasis on traction motors. It is a position that he transitioned into after the completion of the Essex Furukawa Joint Venture. Prior to this, Lee spent four years as Executive Director of Technology for Essex Magnet Wire and over the last quarter century Lee has been involved in developing new technology with a focus on the automotive industry. He has improved magnet wire property design for motor applications, as well as improved properties for enameling. Lee obtained his Master’s Degree in Industrial Chemistry at Kyungpook National University in South Korea.

    Albert Lee

    Managing Director, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire China

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  • Satoru Ise is the Managing Director, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Malaysia, a role which he transitioned into after spending three years as Managing Director, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Europe GmbH. Over the past 20 years, Ise has held positions of increasing responsibility in business development. Prior to his work with Essex Furukawa he was a Director, Business planning and development, OFS Fitel LLC. as well as Manager, Overseas Business Development Team, Planning and Administration department, Telecommunications Company. Ise obtained his degree from Kansai University, Faculty of Engineering, in Osaka, Japan.

    Satoru Ise

    Managing Director, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Malaysia

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