Our Team

Executive Leadership

  • Daniel Choi is the Chief Executive Officer of Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire, a role he was named to in March 2022. Prior to his position with the company, Choi served as the Regional President, North and South Americas for LS Cable & System, where he managed product sales and strategy as well as the power cable operations of the company. Choi has spent time working with either Superior Essex or its parent company, LS Cable & System since 1999 when he began his career as a Manager, Electronic Component Development Group at the R&D Center. Choi received his 
 B.S. in Material Science and Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology. He furthered his education with a Masters in Material Science and Engineering as well as a Ph.D in Material Science and Engineering from Seoul (Korea) National University. He then obtained an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics.

    Daniel Choi

    Chief Executive Officer

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 for our initial 2017 joint venture and HVWW® development. 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

  • Don Lee is the Chief Financial Officer for Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire, a position which he was promoted to after spending two years as Vice President of Finance and Controller for Superior Essex. He leads the overall financial controls and reporting for the global manufacturing operations of the company. Prior to working with Superior Essex, Lee spent nearly 15 years with LG Electronics as a CFO and VP of Operations for its United States operations after entering that company as a Controller and VP of Shared Service Centers. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Southern Illinois University and was awarded a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Illinois. Lee is also a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Certified Public Accountant.

    Don Lee

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Javier E. Montalvo is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Superior Essex, a position he was named to in July of 2022. Montalvo has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources, including previous leadership roles at Georgia Power, CertainTeed Corporation, and most recently was the Vice President, Human Resources for Hitachi Astemo Americas Inc.  Montalvo has an extensive background in the automotive manufacturing and distribution industry and is also knowledgeable in the energy industry as well. Javier has a Bachelors’ Degree in Human Resources from Lehman College, which is part of the New York City University system, in addition to multiple Human Resource Certifications.

    Javier E. Montalvo

    SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Zack Kim is the Vice President of Corporate Business Planning, a role that he accepted in early 2019 after serving as the Director of FP&A in Asia as well as a Human Resources Director for Superior Essex since 2012. His current position makes him responsible for leading global magnet wire strategic initiatives, developing and implementing best practices, as well as investment optimization. Kim came to the company after previously being a Human Resources Director for LS Cable & System  over nine years prior. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Sungkyunkwan University and studied in Graduate School of Labor Studies at Korea University in South Korea.

    Zack Jiwoon Kim

    VP, Corporate Business Planning


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