Vice-Chair, Altarum's Board of Trustees; Retired Group Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Electric, Inc.

Ronald Gardhouse PortraitRonald 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.


MBA, Michigan State University
BS, Business Administration, Eastern Michigan University