Robert F. Mull

Executive Director, Vehicle Evaluation and Verification
Product Development Group
Ford Motor Company (retired)

Robert Mull retired from Ford Motor Company October 1, 2006 after 34 years of service. His last position was Executive Director, Vehicle Evaluation and Verification, Product Development Group. He was responsible for all test operations, including proving grounds, engine and transmission test, emissions test, body and chassis test, and safety test labs, cold weather sites, material testing and standards, prototype planning and build, body CAD, durability engineering, road loads analysis, design aid, and computer aided engineering.

He served as Director, Worldwide Strategy and Cycle Planning for Ford's worldwide product plan, as Director of Product Development for Ford's Asia Pacific region, and spent 7 years working in Asia, including Japan. He has worked on numerous domestic and worldwide product programs throughout his career, was the Director for the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) from 1993 to 1996, and was a member of the Ford of Mexico Advisory Board from 1998 to 2000.

Mr. Mull was a member of the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Chairman of the SAE Motor Vehicle Council, and a Vice President of the Technical Standards Board. He served on several study committees of the U.S. Congress' Office of Technology Assessment and the President's Council on Competitiveness.

Mr. Mull served as a member of the Arbor Hospice Board of Directors for several years, and presently serves on the Board of the Arbor Hospice Foundation. He is an active member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, and volunteer tutor of the homeless trying to pass the GED, a member of the Department of Treasury Taxpayer Advocacy Panel that works with the IRS to improve the US tax system, is a member of Jumpstart, a non-profit organization that promotes K to 12 financial literacy, is a volunteer tax preparer for the Women's Center of Southeast Michigan, and a teacher of financial literacy in the Ann Arbor high schools.

Mr. Mull has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration both from the University of Michigan. Mr. Mull was a Combat Engineering Officer in the U. S. Army. He is married, has twin daughters and a son, and resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.