Nice job on the website and the content is outstanding. I like it. It really paints a great picture of you and what you are all about. I worked for you for years and you were THE best person I ever worked for, by far. You are the only person I would ever consider coming out of retirement to work again. Good luck with the next step. I am looking forward to see who is going to be the lucky organization that lands your services. P.C.
I am so glad I got to work beside you in your cubicle learning excel and learning "that I could do it" so very many years ago. Chris, I will always admirer you as my best "boss" even though you never "bossed". Haha. P.G.
Chris! Congratulations on this new adventure! You are hands down one of the best people I have had the pleasure of working with. A great leader and mentor. I love the website, great way to highlight your strengths/ accomplishments and to reach even more people. N.R.
I am choked up with grateful emotion for how much you have done for myself and my fellow students in this program. To be clear and precise, your commitment to building excellence from within ourselves and in those around you leaves an impact that shapes the way I see the world. To offer a small comparison, during my time at Kettering I have had the opportunity to look at other Co-op programs throughout the school, and while most certainly seem to be good experiences and solid in structure, the value added of your efforts and the efforts of the Delphi team are immense, and far surpass the status quo. The Delphi Experience as one could call it, has been a technically driven, engaging opportunity that makes me feel welcome to be part part of a large group of dedicated individuals. Thank you for your work with us and I hope your efforts wherever you go are fruitful and continue to provide meaning within those beside you. In the first interview I ever had, you stopped me from rambling about accomplishments and partially finished high school homework to ask me --very simply-- "Why do you do this? Why do you want to do this?" Embarrassingly, it shocked me at the time. Stopped me in my tracks, and restructured the way I approach the idea of "success". And if I may I would like to posit that frame of mind back to you. As we always move forward we will continue to ponder the great Why about the things we do. There is no hesitation in saying it J you leave with an extraordinary resume! A tiny sentence which engulfs the Kettering program for which we are so grateful. I can only guess that why you do all of this is for a great purpose, so keep that purpose strong and truly good things certainly shall follow. K.L.
I wanted to say thank you for all that you have done for me and of course all of the other Kettering students. Over the past two years, you have created an environment for us that has fostered incredible growth both professionally and personally. I can confidently say that I am coming out of the Ohio portion of the experience wiser, confident, and more well-rounded. You have pushed me to excel outside of my comfort zone, and for that I am incredibly grateful. You have also have created a program for us students where we truly know that our best interest is always considered when we receive assignments, and that is priceless. I have learned lessons and thought processes from you that will benefit me in all of my future experiences. The effort that you have put into creating this co-op program is incredible, and I am so thankful for all that you have done for us so far. E.H.
We know that you always make decisions based on our best interest. You're a genius when it comes to knowing people better then they know themselves. At the beginning of this term I thought you were crazy for placing me in the systems engineering group. But now, I don't think I could ever thank you enough for doing so. C.M.
Chris, I know you’ll get many well wishes, but from my perspective, I’ve benefited from every chance I’ve had to interact with you. You’ve definitely made your mark and established your legacy as one of the smartest people and enjoyable to work with. I know those in your circle going forward will only benefit more. I hope you find the next opportunity that values what you know, how you think, and how you act. I also know Delphi loses as you gain. Take care….. When you start your next career and want like-minded talent, I’d work for you in a heartbeat…. K.J.
I want you to know that anytime your name has come up in any conversation in the last 2+ years, people always talk about you in such a positive light. Whether it be your knowledge, professionalism, stories about your journey’s, the Kettering co-op program, your incredible years’ of service here, etc., it’s been favorable and spoken with respect and admiration. I hope you know how liked, well respected and appreciated you are by those around you. K.P.
It has been a truly great experience working for you and with you over the years. I couldn’t ask for a better boss, colleague, and most important of all, friend. P.R.
You are a true genius with leadership skills, and foresight along with lots of personality and charisma, a rare mix. I really enjoyed our times together from Noda-san to Mt. Fuji adventures related to Toyota activities. What an exciting chapter! B.W.
I wanted to thank you for all of your support throughout these past years. You have treated myself and team as just another Delphi employee, rather than a supplier --- which we all appreciated. I also know if we do get hired as Delphi employees that you were very supportive of that, and involved in making it happen !! In my opinion, you have been one of the best managers here --- smart, fair, and ….you get it !!! B.M.
I just want to thank you for being the person you are and always making our work challenging, engaging, empowering, and moving forward or progressive. I've been blessed to have the opportunity to work for such a manager in my time at Packard and want you to know as you leave; you have had a very positive influence on my life and my career. I am truly grateful for all the opportunities you have provided me and of course, it has been part of my decision to stay at Packard. It is a very exciting industry with a lot of change coming and I hope to remain involved for the rest of my career. I can't thank you enough but want you to know how much we at Packard will miss you and your leadership. J.K.
I can still remember meeting you on my first day at Packard Electric 39 years ago. We were seated right next to each other in the EMC group. Thinking back brings such fond memories. There we were . . . all working in the same group and all seated close to each other. Each and every one of us succeeded in our professional careers and enjoyed great lives as a result of our association with Packard Electric. I have enjoyed working with you and look forward to keeping in touch in the coming years. Thanks for everything you have done for us! Congratulations on the completion of a fabulous career. All the best from me to you. As always, R.P.
I have been looking for the words to tell you how sad I am that you are not here. I will pray that God puts you in the perfect place. I owe you so much. I’m not even sure you know how much you have done for my career. You made management take notice of me. Thank you Chris. M.P.
Just want you to know that I felt honored to be on your group and your direction during this time and hope for the best for you and your family. We have a say in Mexico “todos los cambios son buenos” and that means “all the changes are for good”. C.A.
Good luck to you Chris, we will truly miss you. I‘ve looked up to you as somebody who will always do the right thing for our people and our customers… P.V.
From creating the circuit protections guidelines, to being responsible for Packard producing electrical centers, to facilitating the creation of WHiP/BiP tools, to formalizing the “systems approach”. I can’t think of another individual who has personally contributed so much. It is truly incomprehensible. I have always believed that the best managers are those who are motivated by and focused on those who work for them, rather than those they work for. I hope you realize that us engineers recognize and respect you as a great engineer who worked his way up and a manager who never forgot where he came from. So as you depart, I hope you realize the contributions you have made for the company and the impact you have made on so many of its employees, because we sure do. B.W.
I just heard that you are leaving the Pack! I wish you good health and happiness in your new life .. you made some great breakthroughs for the company technically, and from a personal perspective you were always very supportive. I will remember you as a very high integrity guy! R.B.
In my humble opinion, you are one of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and self-driven engineers that I’ve had the pleasure of working with; your vast experience, and the fact that you’ve led (or been part of) a good number of critical positive transformations in Delphi, made you a perfect leader for our Engineering area. Thank you, Chris for all the lessons – I did learn a lot from you! We will miss you greatly. Not only for your exceptional engineering leadership, but also (and more importantly) for your great human nature. One of the nicest compliments I’ve gotten thru the years is when somebody tells me that I’m very easy to work for. Well, I can tell you that it was not only very easy to work for you, but it was my distinct pleasure! J.G.
You are one of the smartest people that I have ever met, and a much appreciated voice of reason and common sense at times when those two things were in short supply, and I always liked working with you. Thank you for giving me an option when I needed a change from DCS, and special thanks for your non-intrusive support during the Ridgeline cable issue before launch. You let me run my show and focus on the customer rather than doing endless internal reviews, but you also checked in and let me know that you were there if I needed you; that was something that I was not used to from my old job and I really appreciated the support and the confidence. J.W.
You have been the steady force leading us for most, if not all, of my career here at the wire house. My confidence in your leadership has always been unwavering. You have been and will remain the best Engineer, Mentor, Leader and Teacher I have ever known. You and Nancy have always treated me and everyone I know with a kindness and compassion that is typically only found in families. Thank you for everything you have done for me. J.S.
You have been an incredible inspiration to everyone you have left behind in engineering, we can only hope to make as big of an impact here as you did. So many brilliant and creative ideas that you have left to us all. Your guidance and encouragement have helped me and I am sure countless other employees thrive in this competitive environment, and we have been so fortunate to have your expertise to rely on for so long. My only regret is that I hadn’t met you sooner in my career. Before that, you were just a mythical creature…The Chris Burns, the man who dedicates himself to advancing us all as engineers by keeping us current with information and technology. I can’t imagine who is ready to take your place, although you tried to spread knowledge and teach us well, there will definitely be a gap to be felt. To say you will be missed seems like such an understatement. T.S.
You exuded Excellence in everything that you did. You were a great leader- your people loved you and our bosses depended on you. You trail-blazed the way with Saturn and then with leading edge design technologies- known expert in our field. You were the most humble leader that I ever met. N.C.
You were and are a blessing that God placed in front of my family and myself that with no hesitation took us under your wings and not just professionally but personally. You both are walking examples as individuals, as a couple and as a family to us all that have gotten to know you on a deeper level. You have so many qualities as human beings that know exactly what to say and when to say it. Thank you for all of your time and advice given with no notice making you push back your daily work. Thank you for listening when I needed it the most. Thank you for getting to know us and our likes and dislikes. Thank you for telling me when I was wrong or incorrect. Thank you for offering support professionally and personally.......thank you and thank God for placing you as my mentor as I am where I am at today because of the guidance and support. P.T.
I wish you the best and would like to tell you that it has been an honor to work with you. Working under your direction reminded me of a time just a few years ago in the US Army when I had the opportunity to serve on the staff of a much respected and admired General at Fort Bliss, Texas. When I interviewed for the job, I had only met a Colonel once, and never even seen a General much less talked to one. Each day that we were in the same room, I knowingly or unknowingly tidied up, straightened my uniform, or made sure something was ready to go. You also command this type of respect and presence. While I am sure that I have let you down a few times, I sincerely hope that your memory of working with me is one where I was a loyal & reliable soldier that served with distinction. E.P.
Chris is an executive leader that brings an exceptional combination of technical, operational and customer expertise with a business sense that delivers value to the company's bottom line. J.F.
Chris is an excellent manager who always keeps his eyes on the big scheme but never forgets about his team. He is a straight shooter who is always honest and upfront with his staff and brings out the best in those who work for him. T.P.
I, like many others, have always viewed Chris with the utmost respect for his great managerial and technical skills! His vision, leadership, knowledge, skills, and focus consistently come together to create great value in innovative ways. One of many examples was Chris’s role in the following:
- Inventing a new value-add electrical/electronic architecture framework and related products for millions of cars and trucks.
- Marketing the system to major vehicle OEM's with data.
- Driving lean internal systems to connect engineering, manufacturing, finance, etc.
- Leading, training, and mentoring engineering groups to greatly expand our capability to execute.
- Many other related activities to grow a new profitable product line. This product line grew into one of our divisions 3 global business units.
I am one person in a long line of people who would highly recommend Chris to add a great amount of value to any organization! F.K.