Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz becomes London, Ont.-basedWestern University’s 23rd chancellor in October.
A committee jointly appointed by the school’s board of governors and senate, whose membership was composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni, unanimously selected Hasenfratz for the position.
Hasenfratz is a Western alumna and member of the Ivey Business School Advisory Board there.
She has long been a supporter of Western and regularly shares her advice, strategic thinking and creativity with students, faculty and researchers. In 2017, Linamar donated $5 million to support scholarships for women at the school.
“Linda exemplifies the type of graduates Western prepares for the world,” Western President Amit Chakma said in a statement. “She is an extraordinary talent, and highly-respected among education and business leaders alike. She has been a close friend of Western for many years and we are looking forward to the leadership she will bring to our institution in her new role.”
Hasenfratz will succeed Australian businessman Jack Cowin, who will end his term June 28. Hasenfratz will be officially installed during convocation ceremonies in October.
“Western is a world-class institution making a tremendous impact through its talent, expertise and influence,” Hasenfratz said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with the entire Western community to help ensure that success continues to grow.”
Linamar is No. 62 on the most recent Automotive News Top 100 Global Suppliers List with $3.81 billion in sales, up from $3.54 billion a year ago.