Ford's futurist foreshadows consumer trends to watch in 2017

UPDATED: 12/7/16 2:57 pm ET - adds detail

As the in-house futurist at Ford, Sheryl Connelly's job is to predict the future -- not necessarily about driving or cars, but about how consumer behavior is changing. Connelly's findings, however, often have a bearing on how the automaker designs, builds and markets cars.

Andrea Riley

Andrea Riley, chief marketing officer for Ally Financial, has given the auto lending community a face-lift through Ally's marketing efforts.

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