Lewis Booth is executive vice president for Ford Motor Company overseeing Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group, effective 1 October 2005. He was formerly Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe and, to ensure continuity, remains Chairman, Ford of Europe. Lewis Booth is also chairman of Volvo Car Corporation.
In 2002, Lewis Booth was named President and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation based in Hiroshima, Japan, where he oversaw the implementation of the company's highly successful Millennium Plan and the return of the rotary engine in the RX-8.
He was previously President, Asia Pacific and Africa Operations for Ford Motor Company, a position he held from January 1, 2000. In this role, Lewis Booth had operational responsibility for South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India and for developing Ford's strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.
He also has served as Group Managing Director of the South Africa Motor Corporation (SAMCOR). At that time, Ford had 45 percent equity in SAMCOR, which assembled Ford and Mazda vehicles in South Africa. Subsequently, the SAMCOR joint venture was dissolved and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa was established.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, he held a series of management positions in Ford of Europe in Britain and in Germany in Finance Staff, Truck Operations, Product Development, Manufacturing, and Sales.
In 1992, he moved to the United States where he worked for Finance Staff in Dearborn. From 1993 to 1996, Booth held a variety of positions in Car Product Development, Body & Assembly, Vehicle Operations and the Manufacturing Business Office for Ford Automotive Operations before accepting the position of Group Managing Director at SAMCOR in South Africa.
After completing his bachelor of engineering degree with honors in mechanical engineering at Liverpool University, he started his career at British Leyland before joining Ford in 1978 as a financial analyst in Product Development for Ford of Europe.
Dr. Dorette Corbey
Dr. Dorette Corbey has been a member of the socialist group in the European Parliament since 1999.
She began her career as a general nurse in 1976. From 1988 - 1993, Dr. Corbey was a researcher for the Netherlands Institute for International Relations, "Clingendael", the Hague. From 1993 - 1999, she was policy advisor for the Building and Timber Federation, FNV (Dutch Trade Union Federation) and from 1996 - 1997, she was also project coordinator for the European Works Councils, European Federation of Building and Woodworkers in Brussls. In 1997 she became a member of the European integration committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs before becoming a member of the European Parliament in 1999.
Dr. Corbey received general nursing training and a higher degree in social geography from the University of Amsterdam and a doctoral degree in law and international relations from the State University of Leiden.
Dan Hancock was named vice president, GM Powertrain Global Engineering, effective March 1, 2005.
Mr. Hancock received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and a bachelor's degree, also in mechanical engineering, from the General Motors Institute, Michigan, in 1974.
He joined General Motors in 1968 and held various engineering positions within Allison Transmission Division, which became later Detroit Diesel Allison Division in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. In 1987, he joined the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada Group as chief engineer of advanced powertrain and became technical director in 1991. One year later, he was appointed chief engineer for V6 and V8 engines.
In 1994, he was appointed director, transmission engineering, GM Powertrain. In 1997, he returned to Indianapolis where he was named president, Allison Transmission Division. He was named chief executive officer, Fiat-GM Powertrain, in 2000 and was based in Turin, Italy.
Hancock is currently chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Foundation Board of Trustees and in 1994 was elected president of the International Federation of Automotive Engineering (FISITA), through 2006.
Jan Åke Jonsson received a degree in business administration/information systems from Uppsala University/Linkoeping Technical School in Sweden.
He began his automotive career in 1973 working various positions in the Systems Development area at Saab-Scania AB. In 1985, he was named director, information systems for Saab-Scania of America. He followed that in 1990 by becoming manager, parts/accessories/service/vehicle distribution/IS for Saab Automobile and in 1991 was promoted to vice president, sales and marketing for Saab Cars USA. He returned to Saab Automobile in 1993 as vice president, quality and customer satisfaction, and in 1995 was named director, business unit 9000/9-5. In 1997, Mr. Jonsson moved over to GM Europe as vehicle line executive, trucks/vans/mini-segment followed by his appointment as executive director and vehicle line executive, commercial vehicles in 2002. That same year, he returned to Saab Automobile handling sales and marketing for Europe and Asia-Pacific. He was named to his current position of managing director at Saab Automobile in 2005.
Dr. Anton Mayer
Dr. Anton Mayer is the General Manager Engineering Center Graz for Magna Steyr. He began his career in 1986 at Steyr Daimler Puch AG as a development engineer in the two-wheeler division and quickly moved on to be a calculation engineer in 1987. By 1990, Dr. Mayer was appointed group leader of technical calculation. In 1995, he moved to Taiwan where he was head of the department of operational strength.
While in Taiwan, Dr. Mayer added the responsibility of technical project management for the Audi Allroad.
In 2000, he returned from Taiwan to become project manager for development of the BMW X3 and in 2004, he was appointed chief engineer for vehicle development at Magna Steyr. He was named to his current position as managing director of development at Magna Steyr in 2006.
Dr. Mayer earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1990 and a doctorate degree in 1996 from the Technical University of Graz.
Kazuhiko Miyadera graduated from Nihon University, Tokyo, in 1978 with a master's degree in mechanical engineering.
He then joined Toyota Motor Corporation, where he became responsible for interior design - for a range of components such as seats, air conditioning units and airbags, amongst others.
In 1986, he was assigned to TMC's Detroit Office. There, he worked on the start-up and early operation of Toyota's first wholly owned plant in the U.S., as a liaison engineer for localized parts in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.
He led the start up of Toyota's North American R & D functions by hiring the first core members of the engineering office, which later became Toyota Technical Center (TTC).
In 1991, he returned to TMC in Japan, once again in charge of interior components.
Over the past five years, Mr. Miyadera headed the Body Advanced Developments efforts, and was chief engineer on the ES3 project - an advanced concept vehicle built on an aluminum body.
As of July 2003, he was assigned to TMEM as executive vice president, head of R & D group.
Following the legal merger of Toyota Motor Europe, Toyota Motor Marketing Europe and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing in October 2005, Mr. Miyadera assumed the position of executive vice president, R & D group, Toyota Motor Europe.
Paul Nieuwenhuis, MA, PhD, AffIMI
Paul Nieuwenhuis studied in Australia, Belgium, Spain and Scotland, where he obtained two degrees from Edinburgh University. A lifelong interest in cars and car making allowed him to get a job with the Motor Industry Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The unit was later privatized, thus moving him into the consultancy world where he carried out projects for most of the world's car and truck makers, while also acting as a special advisor on state aid in the automotive industry to the European Commission (DGIV).
Since 1990, he has been with the prestigious Centre for Automotive Industry Research (CAIR) at Cardiff University. CAIR specialises in the economic and strategic aspects of the world automotive sector, giving it a rare overview of the industry. The centre is self-funding and attracts contracts from car makers, suppliers and other automotive stakeholders, including governments, world-wide. Here he also developed his special interest in the problems of making personal mobility compatible with the need for sustainability. In 2001 he became a founder member of the ESRC-funded Centre for Business Responsibility, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University.
Dr Nieuwenhuis has co-authored The Green Car Guide (1992), The Automotive Industry and the Environment (2003) and The Death of Motoring?; Car Making and Automobility in the 21st Century (1997), and edited Motor Vehicles in the Environment (1994) and The Business of Sustainable Mobility (2006). He also contributed to the Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile (2000).
Dr Nieuwenhuis is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, a member of the International Greening of Industry Network, a member of the Motorsport Development UK Research Committee and a member of the UK DTI-EPSRC Foresight Vehicle External Advisory Panel.
Dr. Rinaldo Rinolfi
Dr. Rinaldo Rinolfi joined Fiat Research Center in 1971, after obtaining his degree in Physics from the University of Turin, and was initially involved in numerous advanced R&D projects related to electronic fuel Injection in gasoline engines and combustion in direct injection diesel engines.
In 1984, Dr. Rinolfi was nominated vice president for engine research and in 1987 transferred to series production the Croma 1.9 direct injection turbo diesel, the worlds first DI Diesel engine on a passenger car.
In 1993, under his management, Fiat Research Center and Magneti Marelli completed the development of the Unijet diesel fuel injection system which today, under the name of common rail, represents the state-of-the-art technology applied in almost all diesel engines. Soon after that, in 1997, Fiat in collaboration with Bosch, put into series production the Alfa Romeo 156 1.9 JTD, the worlds first vehicle with a common rail diesel engine.
In the following years, Dr. Rinolfi and his staff pursued the further development of the, still young, common rail technology which led to the introduction of the multiple injections concept and to the development of the worlds smallest direct injection diesel engine for passenger cars, the Fiat 1.3 Multijet.
In 2002, Dr. Rinolfi was awarded the Economist Innovation Prize in the field of energy and environment, as recognition of the industrial and economical impact of his research and development work.
Rob Routs is Executive Director Downstream (Oil Products and Chemicals) of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and a Managing Director of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company. As a Managing Director he is also responsible for Trading and for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Nigeria).
Mr. Routs was born in Australia and graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, where he obtained a PhD. in Technical Sciences.
He joined Shell in the Netherlands in 1976 and worked for Shell Canada from 1978 until 1999, finally as President of Oil Products. He then led Shell Global Solutions - the Group's research and technical services group - before becoming CEO of the Equilon refining and marketing joint venture in the United States. Following the Group's acquisition of Texaco's interests, he became the CEO of Shell Oil Products US and President of Shell Oil Company.
He became a Group Managing Director and joined the Committee of Managing Directors in 2003 and became Executive Director, Downstream in October 2004.
Stephan Thun established Basis-Kontakt, a market research institute and field service provider in 1990. In 2000, the company was acquired by Maritz Research, which then entered Germany. At that time, Mr. Thun was named managing director of Maritz Research Deutschland. In 2005, he was appointed vice president and managing director Europe at Maritz Research, which then restructured into a globally integrated and core industry-focused institute.
Maritz Research objectively measures the needs, attitudes and behaviour of customers, partners and staff so they can be properly understood. Maritz Research offers a wide range of strategic and operational solutions focusing primarily on the automotive, pharmaceutical, hospitality, financial services, and IT & telecommunications industries.
Mr. Thun is a regular speaker at industry events and has published multiple articles related to automotive research.
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