Problem-solvers prove themselves
The 2023 class of Automotive News Rising Stars distinguished themselves by addressing some of the industry’s biggest challenges, from keeping parts moving and sales growing during the depths of essential-only work to driving electric vehicle production and adoption to developing the tools and systems needed for automated driving. They’ve proved themselves during an era of profound and sometimes unpredictable change — building a foundation for continued leadership.
Ford Motor Co.
Supply chain senior manager, global electrification edrive, power electronics and pack components
Big Break: Being picked for a new purchasing leadership program that led to placement on Team Edison, a skunk works group that developed the Mustang Mach-E.
Chief technology officer
Big Break: In 2021, Narang oversaw the strategy and execution of a driverless truck deployment along a 7.1-mile delivery route between a retail warehoause and a Walmart retail location in Arkansas. It was the proof point that has led to frequent revenue-generating driverless deliveries.