DETROIT -- David C. Dauch will take over as president of American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. on Sunday, June 1.
Dauch, 44, now is executive vice president and COO at the Detroit supplier. He will keep the COO title.
The promotion puts him closer to the top job of CEO, held by Dauchs 65-year-old father, Richard E. Dauch. The elder Dauch helped found American Axle in 1994.
The presidents office has been empty since Dec. 1, when Yogen Rahangdale left to become American Axles vice chairman.
David Dauch joined American Axle in 1995 and has spent much of his career there in sales and marketing positions. Before becoming COO, he was executive vice president for commercial and strategic development.
American Axle is restarting its U.S. operations after reaching a deal to end a three-month strike against the company by the UAW.
David Dauchs older brother, Rick, has left the company for a job at another expansion-minded supplier.
Rick Dauch, 47, will lead the private-equity-owned Acument Global Technologies Inc., of suburban Detroit, a supplier of automotive and aerospace fasteners. Rick Dauch is the eldest son of Richard E. Dauch.
Most recently, Rick Dauch was executive vice president of worldwide manufacturing at American Axle. He was responsible for 17 plants around the world, including startup plants in Poland and China.
American Axle ranks No. 14 on the Automotive News list of the top 150 parts suppliers to North America, with estimated parts sales to automakers of $3.09 billion in 2007.
Robert Sherefkin contributed to this report