SAN DIEGO, Calif. — D&K Engineering (www.dkengineering.com), an international product design and contract manufacturing services provider, recently announced the promotion of Errol Return to vice president of research and development.
Return joined D&K Engineering in 2011 and served for five years as research and development director before his promotion. Return now leads a multidisciplinary engineering team focused on product development and new product introductions across all of D&K’s business segments.
Return’s immediate focus will be deepening the company’s client base and fostering more strategic long-term partnerships with existing D&K clients. He is also charged with creating an environment for his team of mechanical, electrical, firmware, software, systems, test, and manufacturing engineers, and managers, to continuously broaden D&K’s skills and capabilities.
“I’m very fortunate to work with a strong group of directors and engineering program managers that understand exactly what it takes to steer a great idea from inception to commercial reality,” said Return in a press release. “My focus is supporting our engineers, partners, and clients with processes, efficiencies, and results that are worthy of our track record in the market.”
Prior to D&K, Return spent 26 years at Hewlett Packard Company (HP). In his last assignment, he led a software section of six managers and 50 developers to re-architect and deliver simpler print driver software for all of HP’s inkjet printers. All software releases were completed on time and with outstanding quality during his tenure, the release said.
Prior to that, Return designed, developed, and ramped a number of complex electro-mechanical devices, including printers and print heads. Erturk has managed program budgets in excess of $20 million annually and is highly experienced with development projects starting in early ideation stages, through platform and prototype creation, to full production ramp-up.
“Erol brings our clients a successful history of leading cross functional teams in every phase of the product development cycle, working with marketing, design, engineering, operations, and finance,” said Scott Dennis, chief executive officer for D&K Engineering. “His experience, discipline, and leadership is truly unmatched, and we’re thrilled to have him leading our research and development teams.”
Erturk holds mechanical engineering degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds an MBA from MIT, where he also received a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellowship.