FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Livonia, Michigan (May 10, 2021) – The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council members voted in Karin Cozzi, DTE Energy, and Jim Bos, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors to the 2021 Great Lakes Women’s Business Council Board of Directors.
“I am delighted to have Karin Cozzi and James Bos join the board of directors.” Michelle Richards said in response to the appointments. “They bring unique backgrounds, perspective, strong leadership skills, and commitment to the advancement of women and minority business owners. The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council network is looking forward to their expertise, guidance, and involvement.”
Karin Cozzi is the senior supply chain manager responsible for Supplier Diversity at DTE Energy. Cozzi’s team collaborates with DTE procurement personnel to identify sourcing opportunities for diverse suppliers. DTE focuses on outreach, mentoring, advocacy, and training to bring numerous opportunities for suppliers to succeed and grow. DTE encourages various companies to explore opportunities with them, and their goal is to pursue partnerships with minorities, women, veterans, and LGBT-owned businesses. Before DTE, Cozzi worked in Purchasing at Chrysler Corporation. Cozzi earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Central Michigan University.
James Bos serves as Vice President of Global Procurement for Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. He is responsible for leading all purchasing activities globally with a total spend of $7.5B. Before Yanfeng, Bos was Vice President, Purchasing – Interiors for Johnson Controls. He held various leadership roles in Manufacturing, Quality, Program Management, and Procurement. Bos earned a Bachelor of Administration degree in Business from Hope College. Bos also is a graduate of the company’s Leadership Development Program and the “eXtreme Learning Program.” Additionally, he is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), a certification from the Institute of Supply Management. Bos also serves on the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council board and co-chairs the One MMSDC Committee. In 2020, Bos received the Executive of the Year Ace Award from the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.
The 2021 Great Lakes Women’s Business Council Board of Director include James Line, President, Angela Henderson, Vice President, Lauren Rakolta, Treasurer, Lynne Davis, Secretary, Denise Booms-Peppin, James Bos, Bashar Cholagh, Karin Cozzi, April Diez, Stephanie Osterland, Alfred Patrick, Dr. Rae Pearson, Lynn Perenic, Roshunda Price, Jackie Woodstock, and Michelle Richards.
Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is a nonprofit champion for women and minority business owners. We provide access to capital, corporate procurement opportunities, certification for women-owned business enterprises, and small business educational support. We represent more than 1,400 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women’s business enterprises generating approximately $8.6 billion in annual revenue and employing 48,000 U.S. workers as well as 90+ corporate partners in a diverse range of industry sectors. We provided $8 million in loans to small business owners who created 1,800 jobs. Through the Michigan Women’s Marketplace and in-person sessions, we have trained more than 15,000 business owners and entrepreneurs.
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