Joe Matthews joined Gentex in 2010 as a Purchasing Manager, and worked in positions of increasing responsibility before serving as Gentex’s Vice President of Purchasing from 2014 through 2021. In 2018, he was appointed as Gentex's first Diversity Officer, and took on the responsibility of developing and implementing Gentex’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Since 2018, Joe’s efforts have helped Gentex gain recognition as a world-class employer, and he won numerous awards for his work at Gentex and in the community. In recognition of the importance of this role at Gentex, and to support the continued growth of DE&I’s impact and scale at Gentex, Joe stepped fully into the newly created role of Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the start of 2022. In this role, Joe is responsible for the continued development and focus of Gentex’s DE&I initiatives, serving as our representative in the community and driving meaningful change at Gentex.
Joe is a native of Gary, Indiana. He started his career at Delphi in Kokomo, Indiana in 1991. Joe’s experiences there include IC design, operations, manufacturing engineering, and roles of increasing responsibility in supply management. In 2003, Joe became part of the sourcing leadership for Whirlpool Corporation in Michigan. In addition, he held leadership positions for the pre-integration sourcing planning for the Maytag acquisition, Indirect, and Supply Chain. In 2009, Joe worked for Management Engineers (now PwC Strategy&) to expand their presence into the United States. Joe graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In addition, he has a Master of Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a Master of Business Administration both cum laude from Cornell University.