Applauding Alumni: James L. Murawski, MST '82

Applauding Alumni: James L. Murawski, MST ‘82

James MurawskiJames Murawski, MST ’82, Walsh alumnus, is chief information officer, vice president, Information Technology and Global Business Processes for Lear Corporation. He joined the Lear team in 2003 as the vice president, Internal Audit and has held various positions during his tenure, including vice president, Corporate Controller. Previously, he spent 14 years in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and has held various accounting and finance leadership positions at Collins & Aikman, TRW, and LucasVarity.

Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). He earned his Master of Science in Taxation from Walsh College in 1982. Jim contributes back to Walsh College in many ways, including his time. He has taught advanced accounting and auditing classes at Walsh and has been an active member of the Walsh College Foundation Leadership Awards Committee.

Interview with Jim:

What are your goals for the next five years at Lear?

“The Global IT goals are:

  • Continue to maintain an effect internal control framework
  • Standardize, simplify, and optimize the infrastructure
  • Maintain security of information and effective disaster recovery plans
  • Perform application implementation and upgrades on time, within budget, and in accordance with end-user specifications
  • Improve cost efficiency
  • Implement technology that promotes teamwork and collaboration
  • Maintain a highly skilled, effective and efficient professional team”

What would you say is the key to accomplishing all these goals?

“The keys to accomplishing our goals include:

  • Clear understanding of requirements
  • Precise planning
  • Excellence in execution, and
  • Open and continuous communications with users”

What is the most difficult part of being the vice president, Information Technology, Global Business Processes and chief information officer for Lear?

“There is no difficult part to the role, just an on-going challenge to provide, on a 24/7 basis, complete, accurate, and secure information and communication systems to our global users.”

I like how you see challenges rather than difficulties in your work. Do you see this characteristic often in leadership? What other characteristics do you see in successful leaders?

“Yes, I think many good leaders have winning,can-do attitudes. Other characteristics of successful leaders include, in no particular order, the ability to:

  • See and seize opportunities
  • Bring about change and transformation
  • Equip others for success
  • Provide inspiring ideas
  • Live up to commitments, and
  • Add value by creating a vision with a strategy to get there.”

What is your greatest accomplishment?

“My greatest accomplishment is to have had the opportunity and privilege to work with and learn from some of the best accounting, finance, and business professionals in the automotive industry…some of whom now have C-Suite leadership roles at multi-billion dollar organizations.”

What is the best business advice you have ever received?

“Listening is difficult and time-consuming work but most necessary in the development and execution of thoughtful and effective business and organizational strategies and related tactics.”

What advice would you give a new alum or current student?

“Do not minimize the importance of competency in your chosen field to study. It is expected by employers and the ’ticket to the game’ as you begin a professional career. But it will be your integrity, commitment, passion, energy, and enthusiasm that will distinguish you from your peers and provide you a springboard to important leadership positions in the future.”

Please join Walsh College in applauding Jim Murawski in his continued success by adding your comments below.

To nominate an alumnus to applaud, contact Duc Abrahamson, Alumni & Student Relations Officer, at (248) 823-1298.

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Emily Faulkner on February 10, 2015 at 09:23 am

I really enjoyed reading this interview. That's great business advice and the reminder that our integrity, passion, enthusiasm will set us apart. I agree completely!

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