September 19-21, 2016
Novi, Michigan, USA
Suburban Collection Showplace
SAE Convergence BanquetA long-established tradition at Convergence, the Banquet is the largest and most prestigious gathering of automotive electronics industry leaders from around the world. Monday, September 19, 2016
Suburban Collection Showplace-Diamond Ballroom
6:30 pm - 8 pm
$200 per ticket
$2000 table of 10
Banquet sponsored by:
Executive Vice President, Product Development, and
Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Co. "Moving Into a Space of Experience"
The continuing convergence of software and hardware is critical to how Ford is reimagining its approach to the customer experience. Raj Nair is Executive Vice President, Product Development and Chief Technical Officer (CTO), effective Dec. 1, 2015. In this role, Nair has global responsibility for all aspects of the company's design, engineering, research, and product development. Since April 2012, he had been Group Vice President of Product Development and CTO. Prior to 2012 as Vice President of Engineering for Product Development, Nair oversaw all engineering for car, truck, and SUV vehicles for the Ford and Lincoln brands, and was responsible for delivering on Ford's commitment to offer more new products faster than ever before by leveraging greater sharing and reuse of platforms and components globally. He also helped lead the development and implementation of the Ford brand DNA. Previously, Nair served for three years as Vice President, Operations, Asia Pacific. In this position, he was responsible for Product development, manufacturing, purchasing, quality and information technology within the Asia Pacific region. Nair holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with an automotive specialty from Kettering University in Flint, MI, and was named the recipient of the 2012 Kettering Alumni Award for Management Achievement. In 2014, he was named the Fortune Automotive Businessperson of the Year. In addition to his duties at Ford, Nair serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Science Center and the board of trustees of Kettering University.