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Dave Andrea


As a member of our automotive strategy consulting team, I lead our customer-supplier Working Relations Index® practice. In addition, I provide research and analysis related to mobility technology market trends, supply base strategy development, and global trade and tariff planning. My clients include automotive vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers.

I grew up wanting to work in the automotive industry, and I have the utmost respect for everyone who brings a vehicle to market and provides the services to keep it running. And now, as we’re in the middle of unprecedented industry change with new technologies and increasing customer demands all dramatically changing what we simply refer to as “mobility,” I’m excited to see what the future holds — and help clients achieve success.

My clients and colleagues appreciate that I’m able to connect the dots within the automotive industry and with external forces such as public policy to provide perspective and decision-making support. I strive to be approachable, supportive, and resourceful to all clients and internal teams.

With more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, I’ve worked with a number of great organizations. I was a founder of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and served in many roles, including CFO, director of forecasting, and the executive vice president of research. I’m also a former senior vice president and chief economist at the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) where I directed industry benchmarking surveys, expanded OEM and media relations, and facilitated several OESA councils.

I’m the chairman of the finance committee at SAE International and treasurer of the SAE Detroit Section. I’m also a member of the Detroit Economic Club, the Automotive Press Association, and was past president of the Detroit Association for Business Economics.

I earned my B.S. in business economics and corporate finance from Miami University and my M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, people can usually find me with my family enjoying the Detroit Zoo, The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, and all the University of Michigan sports that we can get to.