Transtar Leadership

Transtar’s world-class leadership team represents some of the most experienced professionals in the industry. Comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and complementary skills, this team is a collaboration of talent.

Equipped in providing vital expertise and guidance to our company, these individuals share one passion – to uphold Transtar’s mission to our customers:

Transtar Industries is the global leader in transmission and driveline-related solutions. We are dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service, offering the broadest product catalog and best-in-class distribution of quality OE and aftermarket parts and premium remanufactured products.

  • Monte Ahuja EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
    Monte Ahuja is the founding entrepreneur of Transtar Industries. Under his leadership Transtar grew from a two person start-up in 1975 to the largest distributor of transmission and driveline-related parts in the world.

    Ahuja has been a lifelong philanthropist and is involved in many charitable endeavors, including the Naples Children & Education Foundation, where he continues to serve as a Trustee. Ahuja also served as Chairman of the Board for both Cleveland State University and University Hospitals, where he remains deeply engaged as a board member and on the executive committee. The Monte Ahuja College of Business and Ahuja Medical Center bear his name.

    Monte received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from The Ohio State University and MBA from Cleveland State University. He is the recipient of numerous awards including:
    • Distinguished Alumni Award from Cleveland State University
    • George Dively Award from Harvard University Business School
    • Ellis Island Medal of Honor
    • International Executive of the Year Award by the World Trade Center of Cleveland
    • Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University
    • Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Neil Sethi CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
    Neil is a transmission industry veteran with a wide range of experience, including CEO of a technology-driven driveline parts distributor.
     
    Neil is a current board member of Ahuja Medical Center and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a prior board member of Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Orchestra, and TIE Global. He is also a member of Crain’s Business “40 under 40” Class of 2010. Neil received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, Doctorate of Medicine from University of Cincinnati, and MBA from Georgetown University.
     
    Outside of work and philanthropic commitments, Neil enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. His hobbies include running and music composition.
  • Joe Levanduski Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, having been CFO of two publicly-traded companies, including Hawk Corporation, a holding company of diversified manufacturing businesses, that previously owned Wellman Products, a Transtar supplier. Most recently, Joe was EVP/CFO of A. Schulman, Inc., a $2.5 billion global manufacturer of high performance plastics.

    Joe is a member of the 2003 Class of Leadership Cleveland as well as a 2011 inductee in Cleveland State University’s Business College Hall of Fame. He holds an MBA in finance from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cleveland State University.

    Joe is a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio and resides in Bath, Ohio, with his wife, Cheryl, and their two children, Matt and Emily.

Ben DePompei

PRESIDENT, MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS
 

Mike Westrick

VP & GENERAL MANAGER, TRANSTAR AUTOBODY TECHNOLOGIES