Dr. Ronald E. Goldsberry has been a consultant on Automotive Practices for Deloitte Consulting since September 2001. In 2000, he was named chairman of the board of OnStation Corporation. Before joining OnStation, Dr. Goldsberry was vice president – Global Service Business Strategy for Ford Motor Company. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing and implementing Ford’s aftermarket and service business strategies worldwide.
Prior to that position, Dr. Goldsberry had been vice president and general manager – Ford Customer Service Division in charge of parts sales, marketing and merchandising, and customer-service efforts for Ford Motor Company’s more than 13,000 dealerships around the world. Earlier he served as General Sales and Marketing Manager – Ford Customer Service Division, as Executive Director – Sales and Service Strategies for Ford’s North American Sales Operations, and as General Manager – Plastic and Trim Products Division of Ford’s Automotive Components Group.
He began his association with Ford in 1983 when the company purchased Parker Chemical Company from the Parker Division of Occidental Chemical Corporation. He was vice president and general manager of the Parker Division at the time of the purchase.
Dr. Goldsberry later was named president and chief operating officer of Parker Chemical, which was a subsidiary of Ford’s Plastics, Paint and Vinyl Division. It became the Plastic Products Division in 1986. Ford sold Parker in 1987.
Before joining Parker, he was vice president of business development and planning for Occidental Chemical Corporation. He also held management positions with the Gulf Oil Corporation, the Boston Consulting Group and Hewlett Packard. As a captain in the Army, he was a research chemist at the NASA/AMES Research Center.
Dr. Goldsberry was graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in chemistry from Central State University. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University and an MBA in finance and marketing from Stanford University. Central State University and Adrian College presented him with honorary doctorate degrees.
Dr. Goldsberry is the recipient of numerous academic, industry and civic awards and was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1993. He is a member of the boards of Case Corporation, Central State University, Michigan State University Alumni Association, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Unum/Provident Corporation, and WTVS-TV, the public television station in Detroit.
A mentor over the years to scores of young people, Dr. Goldsberry chaired the successful $7-million “Lighting the Spark” fund-raising campaign for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). Founded in 1976, DAPCEP is a privately financed effort to motivate and academically prepare minority youth to pursue careers in engineering, science and mathematics-related fields. Dr Goldsberry was recently elected President of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities In Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM).