Ronald J. Gardhouse was Group Chief Financial Officer of Detroit Electric, Inc. until his retirement in March, 2015. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of NextEnergy, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating advanced energy technologies.
Gardhouse‘s main career focus has been in the automotive industry over a 30 year period, serving in a succession of leadership positions including Chief Executive Officer of Microheat, a startup venture introducing new technology to the automotive industry.
Prior to joining Microheat, Gardhouse was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Accessory Systems, a designer and manufacturer of automotive accessories for original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket.
Previously, he served as Executive Vice President at Exide Technologies, a global manufacturer of automotive and industrial batteries. He worked for DaimlerChrysler as Vice President, and prior to the merger, in a succession of senior level positions for more than 25 years including: President, Asia Pacific Operations; Assistant Corporate Treasurer; Deputy Managing Director, Chrysler, Mexico; and Assistant Corporate Controller. He began his career as a certified public account with Deloitte and Touche.
Gardhouse holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University, respectively.