Retired industry executive Gordon Ulsh dies

Retired executive Gordon A. Ulsh, who forged a 40-year career in the automotive and industrial markets, died on Feb. 1, 2013. He was born in 1946 in Valparaiso, Ind.

His career included positions as chairman, president and chief executive officer of FleetPride, Inc. from 2001 to 2005; president and chief operating officer of Federal-Mogul Corp. in 1999 and head of the company’s worldwide aftermarket division in 1998.

Prior to Federal-Mogul, he held several leadership positions with Cooper Industries, Inc., including executive vice president of the automotive products segment. He joined Cooper in 1983 after 16 years in manufacturing and engineering management at Ford Motor Co. He also provided analysis of automotive industry segments for investment opportunities for Ripplewood Equity Partners.

From April 2005 until his retirement in July 2010, Ulsh was president, chief executive officer and a director of Exide Technologies, a provider of electrical-energy solutions for industrial and transportation applications.

At the time of his death, he was lead director of the Philadelphia-based CARDONE Industries, Inc. board, and a director of OM Group, Inc., in Cleveland.

He is survived by his wife, two children and two sisters.


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