President and CEO of Plexus Systems Inc. in Auburn Hills. Plexus has developed Plexus Online, an on-demand software for
manufacturing. Since taking the helm of Plexus in early 2006, Symonds has driven significant sales growth and earned
industry recognition. During his tenure, Plexus has been named Automation Alley's 2006 emerging technology company
of the year and 2007 technology company of the year; the company was ninth on the Crain's Detroit Business
of the fastest growing companies in Southeast Michigan; and has been one of Start IT's
for the past two years. In his more than two decades in information technology and manufacturing prior to joining Plexus,
Symonds started several successful IT consulting businesses where he led projects in ERP implementation, sales force
automation, data warehousing, and intranet development and deployment. Symonds serves on the Precision Metalforming Association board of directors and is one of 50 people worldwide named to Microsoft's commerce partner advisory board. He is a CPA, and is certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) by APICS. He began his career at Arthur Andersen after earning his MBA from Cornell University and his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester.