Features Automotive

Vanessa Candido – Schaeffler

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Vanessa Candido comes from humble roots, the first in her family to obtain a university degree and the first to become a lawyer. Her grandparents and most of her uncles are hardworking farmers. Her father is a mechanic, and her mother handles the home as a housewife. “I’m proud of my roots. My parents taught […]

Todd Dishman – Argo AI

Est. reading time: 5 mins

No matter where the innovations take place, it’s still the Wild West on the autonomous vehicle front. Companies worldwide are in a high-stakes race to create, fine-tune and commercialize the first self-driving vehicles, sometimes by forging partnerships with entities with whom they normally compete. As often happens in new industries, legislation and regulation lag behind […]

Montserrat Hermosillo – Cummins Mexico

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As an engine in the Mexican economy, Cummins annually exports $1.2 billion worth of goods while its annual domestic sales approach $400 million. Cummins employs around 6,000 people who work at four manufacturing plants, as well as a technology center and a distribution center. There they make new and remanufactured parts for diesel engines, fuel […]

Kamili Moreland – AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah

Est. reading time: 3 mins

When Kamili Moreland was promoted to chief legal and people officer earlier this year, she was excited to work more deeply on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Working with affinity groups and developing policies was an expected part of the position at AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah. What Moreland didn’t expect, though, was getting […]

Jennifer Brumbaugh – GKN Automotive

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Starting when she was four years old, Jennifer Brumbaugh would sit in the garage next to her dad and hand him tools as he worked on cars. So, after growing up in Metro Detroit with a father and grandfather in the automotive industry, it only made sense that she would become an engineer. Brumbaugh had […]

Jory Zola – Tire Discounters

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Look closely and you just might recognize similarities between stopping pucks and being an in-house lawyer. “You’ve got to focus with extreme attention to detail,” says Jory Zola, who during the mid- and late-2000s tended goal for the Indiana University men’s ice hockey team before opting for law school. “You have to evaluate a multitude […]

Jill Greene – Faurecia

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In a world where sustainability consciousness is rapidly increasing, vehicle manufacturing is still about acceleration: how quickly new technology can be integrated not only to lower emissions, but also cater to drivers’ cravings for adventure and luxury. As Jill Greene explains, consumers want luxurious interiors with the latest technology, like Wi-Fi-connected devices and eco-friendly mobility. […]

Ken LeCroix – General Motors

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Quite the ambitious agenda Ken LeCroix is part of at General Motors: zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion. But as an executive attorney, part of a new and unique in-house team, he doesn’t think this vision is pie in the automotive sky. “Charging stations are sprouting nationwide,” LeCroix reminds Vanguard in May. Over time, changes […]

Shermin Ladha Pelinski – Fields Auto Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Auto shopping will always be among the more personal pursuits, a would-be buyer likely visiting several dealerships, test-driving vehicles and conversing at length with the sales rep before agreeing to a purchase. Shermin Ladha Pelinski doesn’t see that part changing, but recognizes that COVID-19 has had lasting effects on the auto business, as well as […]

Lance Follett – Westport Fuel Systems

Est. reading time: 4 mins

So, Lance Follett is asked: Is solving global warming and reducing its carbon footprint the mission of your employer? “It certainly is an important, even critical, goal,” replies the chief legal officer and executive vice president of corporate development at Vancouver-based and globally active Westport Fuel Systems. “That, and, of course, providing solid returns to […]

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