Though Ted Hughes has worked for the same company since the start of his career in the auto care industry in 2000; multiple acquisitions and divestitures provided many different experiences upon which to draw from in his current role as Head of Marketing for MAHLE Aftermarket Inc.
Hughes assumed the Marketing Brand Manager role two years after beginning as an entry-level marketing professional with Dana Corporation. Drawing knowledge from industry influencers like Jerry McCabe, John Washbish, Max Dull and Scott Howat – he learned that developing his own style was his path to success. However, Hughes believes that his team deserves all of the credit for the accomplished goals and completed objectives.
Hughes believes this industry has experienced many changes throughout the past 15 years, and that unprecedented challenges for today’s manufacturers provide new opportunities for success. Presenting fresh ideas that challenge others to look at things in a different way is core to his style.
Since MAHLE acquired the engine parts division from Dana in 2007, and formed MAHLE Clevite Inc. (now MAHLE Aftermarket Inc.), his track record for managing budgets, and creating and implementing dynamic marketing strategies, present a unique opportunity for MAHLE to continue on the path of success.
In 2014, Hughes was presented the AIA Young Executive of the Year Award in recognition of dedication and enthusiasm in the import automotive industry.
Hughes was also awarded an Auto Care Association Impact Award: Recognizing four professionals under the age of 40 for dedication to excellence in the Auto Care Industry.