Patina Solutions Appoints Daren Samuels as Automotive & Manufacturing Practice Director

Brings leadership and automotive industry experience

Patina Solutions, the fast-growing firm that provides proven, accomplished professionals and executives with 25+ years of experience for key projects and engagements, has hired Daren Samuels to lead  Patina’s Automotive & Manufacturing Practice.

In this role, Samuels is responsible for building on Patina’s capabilities and capacity to serve automotive and industrial manufacturing clients. Companies turn to Patina for seasoned professionals that can help provide the expertise and leadership needed to overcome operational challenges and accelerate strategic initiatives.

Patina’s Automotive and Manufacturing Practice serves clients by offering industry expertise on-demand. Automotive clients look to Patina to close experience gaps within their organizations through deliverable-based projects, interim leadership and advisory. In all cases, the Patina team transfers knowledge into the client organization for long term, sustained performance after the engagement is complete. The Patina Automotive and Manufacturing Practice supports clients with a broad range of needs, including operational expertise, M&A support, profitability improvement, corporate and product strategy, and interim leadership.  Automotive clients enjoy access to expertise globally through Patina’s partnership in Globalise, the global interim management group,

Samuels is an experienced management consulting executive with nearly 20 years of experience serving clients across a range of industries, including automotive, oil & gas and manufacturing. Samuels began his consulting career in 1998 with A.T. Kearney, joined Accenture as a partner in 2009 and in 2014, launched Vector Management Advisors LLC to continue serving automotive clients with his expertise in strategy, operations and cost management. His consulting career has focused on automotive OEM’s and suppliers with significant international experience, having led multiple large, global projects in Europe and China.

Samuels has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bellarmine University and earned his MBA, Operations and General Management from the University of Virginia.

“Daren has a passion for improving operating results, providing superior client service, advising teams and developing new business,” said Mike Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Patina. “His strategic thinking and technical aptitude will greatly benefit our automotive and manufacturing clients.”

About Patina Solutions
Patina partners with companies to solve problems, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent or support any other critical initiative. Helping clients achieve their goals, the company builds solutions to deliver specialized expertise targeted to companies’ unique circumstances. Every Patina Professional in the Patina Nation is an accomplished executive with a minimum of 25 years of experience. The Patina approach is highly flexible, collaborative and consultative, enabling clients to get results utilizing only the resources they need, just when they need them. Patina is a company of practitioners who accelerate success through consulting, projects, leadership and board roles. As well, the firm is delivering innovative external mentoring solutions through The Mentor Bank©. An Inc. 500|5000 honoree and founding member of Globalise, the global group of leading interim management firms, Patina is headquartered in the U.S. and serves companies around the globe. Learn more at