Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown
The Navy taught me to be ready for a new challenge at any time and that no matter what role you are in, if you learn as much as you can, work hard every day, and treat people with respect and honesty, chances are you’ll be successful.

Kevin Brown is a Senior Global Account Manager for the Appliances business unit. Kevin joined TE in 2001 after completing a five-year assignment as a nuclear power-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Kevin’s career began in the Automotive division supporting TE’s satellite radio, GPS, and cellular antenna products. He was assigned to work on a challenging new vehicle application when the global car manufacturer was leading the industry with OnStar® vehicle diagnostics and XM Satellite Radio. This allowed him to use his technical background in a customer support role while onsite at the global car manufacturer Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. Today, Kevin manages a global team of TE field engineers and account managers who support design centers and regional manufacturing sites for a leading international appliance OEM. Kevin and his team are tasked with providing the best customer service, highest product quality, and innovative designs, with a focus on terminals, connectors, sensors, tubing and relay products.

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Describe a shift early in your career and how your veteran experience influenced your goals and expectations.

I joined TE Connectivity in 2001 as a resident engineer at General Motors for the M/A-COM division supporting the customer’s engineering team with satellite radio and cellular/GPS combination antennas. While working in that assignment I was fortunate enough for TE to sponsor me at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and obtain my MBA. Just prior to graduation I was offered an opportunity to join the Automotive Business Unit as a Business Development/Product Manager for the global sensor team. Over the course of the next 10-15 years I was given the chance to transition from sensor to cable assemblies and connectors, from Product Management to Sales in Automotive, most recently from Sales in Automotive to Sales in Appliance.

When I talk about my career path with friends and colleagues I frequently get asked “how were you able to make so many changes?” I always explain my answer by going back to my time as a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy. My time in the US Navy prepared me to work as part of a team, provide leadership when necessary, succeed even when the learning curve was steep, and most importantly to have the confidence that I would be successful no matter what assignment I was given. It was common in my early days as a submarine officer to change divisions every 6-9 months – typically just long enough to feel comfortable in the assignment. The Navy taught me to be ready for a new challenge at any time and that no matter what role you are in, if you learn as much as you can, work hard every day, and treat people with respect and honesty, chances are you’ll be successful.

As I applied this to my new civilian career at TE Connectivity, I realized that even though the pace of change was a bit slower and the career path wasn’t as clearly defined, the fundamentals of being successful were the same. TE Connectivity provides opportunities to challenge yourself professionally, to grow as a leader and to learn new businesses and/or products. There are opportunities in Automotive, Appliance, Communications, SubCom, Aerospace and Defense and many others and you’re not locked into one specific job function. It’s up to you to drive your career to where you want it to be. Trust in the foundation of experience and leadership skills you learned from the military and you’ll be successful with the #1 connectivity company in the world. 

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Why TE? Why do you enjoy working at TE?

I picked TE because we are a global leader and #1 in almost every market we serve.  I enjoy it because of the culture and the people I work with – our products don’t make us #1 – the people behind them do.

I enjoy leading a global sales team, developing the strategy to be successful, and enabling the people that work for me so that they can be successful.  Hearing the excitement in someone’s voice when they call to tell you we’ve won a new piece of business just never gets old. 

It’s up to you to drive your career to where you want it to be. Trust in the foundation of experience and leadership skills you learned from the military and you’ll be successful with the #1 connectivity company in the world.
Kevin Brown,
Senior Global Account Manager, Appliances
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown
The Navy taught me to be ready for a new challenge at any time and that no matter what role you are in, if you learn as much as you can, work hard every day, and treat people with respect and honesty, chances are you’ll be successful.

Kevin Brown is a Senior Global Account Manager for the Appliances business unit. Kevin joined TE in 2001 after completing a five-year assignment as a nuclear power-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Kevin’s career began in the Automotive division supporting TE’s satellite radio, GPS, and cellular antenna products. He was assigned to work on a challenging new vehicle application when the global car manufacturer was leading the industry with OnStar® vehicle diagnostics and XM Satellite Radio. This allowed him to use his technical background in a customer support role while onsite at the global car manufacturer Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. Today, Kevin manages a global team of TE field engineers and account managers who support design centers and regional manufacturing sites for a leading international appliance OEM. Kevin and his team are tasked with providing the best customer service, highest product quality, and innovative designs, with a focus on terminals, connectors, sensors, tubing and relay products.

1

Describe a shift early in your career and how your veteran experience influenced your goals and expectations.

I joined TE Connectivity in 2001 as a resident engineer at General Motors for the M/A-COM division supporting the customer’s engineering team with satellite radio and cellular/GPS combination antennas. While working in that assignment I was fortunate enough for TE to sponsor me at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and obtain my MBA. Just prior to graduation I was offered an opportunity to join the Automotive Business Unit as a Business Development/Product Manager for the global sensor team. Over the course of the next 10-15 years I was given the chance to transition from sensor to cable assemblies and connectors, from Product Management to Sales in Automotive, most recently from Sales in Automotive to Sales in Appliance.

When I talk about my career path with friends and colleagues I frequently get asked “how were you able to make so many changes?” I always explain my answer by going back to my time as a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy. My time in the US Navy prepared me to work as part of a team, provide leadership when necessary, succeed even when the learning curve was steep, and most importantly to have the confidence that I would be successful no matter what assignment I was given. It was common in my early days as a submarine officer to change divisions every 6-9 months – typically just long enough to feel comfortable in the assignment. The Navy taught me to be ready for a new challenge at any time and that no matter what role you are in, if you learn as much as you can, work hard every day, and treat people with respect and honesty, chances are you’ll be successful.

As I applied this to my new civilian career at TE Connectivity, I realized that even though the pace of change was a bit slower and the career path wasn’t as clearly defined, the fundamentals of being successful were the same. TE Connectivity provides opportunities to challenge yourself professionally, to grow as a leader and to learn new businesses and/or products. There are opportunities in Automotive, Appliance, Communications, SubCom, Aerospace and Defense and many others and you’re not locked into one specific job function. It’s up to you to drive your career to where you want it to be. Trust in the foundation of experience and leadership skills you learned from the military and you’ll be successful with the #1 connectivity company in the world. 

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Why TE? Why do you enjoy working at TE?

I picked TE because we are a global leader and #1 in almost every market we serve.  I enjoy it because of the culture and the people I work with – our products don’t make us #1 – the people behind them do.

I enjoy leading a global sales team, developing the strategy to be successful, and enabling the people that work for me so that they can be successful.  Hearing the excitement in someone’s voice when they call to tell you we’ve won a new piece of business just never gets old. 

It’s up to you to drive your career to where you want it to be. Trust in the foundation of experience and leadership skills you learned from the military and you’ll be successful with the #1 connectivity company in the world.
Kevin Brown,
Senior Global Account Manager, Appliances