Simon Pitts

Director & Institute Head

Prior to leading The Institute and receiving recognition from the National Academy of Engineering, Simon was a senior executive within Ford Motor Company, he led cross-functional teams across three continents as Director of Product Development Operations for all Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo brands globally. Educated at Loughborough University in the UK and INSEAD in France, he most recently directed the Ford-MIT Research Alliance. He is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK (CEng, FIMechE.).

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