22nd May 2020
The digitalisation imperative

Reinventing the product development core processes

Find out more about the processes that need to change to make digitalisation possible and how this helped make the ventilator challenge a success.

About the speaker

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Dr. Graham Hoare OBE Executive Director, Business Transformation - Ford of Britain
Dr. Graham Hoare OBE is executive director, Business Transformation, Ford of Britain, leading the implementation of Ford’s Sprint to 6 Reset & Redesign plan in the UK, reporting to Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also a member of the Boards of Ford of Britain and Ford Technologies. Previously, Hoare served as director, Global Vehicle Evaluation and Verification, responsible for Ford’s test and development operations worldwide, delivering vehicle prototyping, validation and signoff for Ford’s global product portfolio. In addition to these responsibilities, Hoare led the Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, UK, the largest automotive R&D facility in the UK. Hoare earlier served as executive director, Powertrain Engineering, Ford of Europe, for six years. Products delivered in this timeframe included Ford’s highly acclaimed EcoBoost 1.0-litre engine. Previously, Hoare was director, Powertrain Research & Advanced Engineering, based in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. His responsibilities included the research, advanced development and technology planning associated with gasoline and diesel engines, hydrogen internal combustion engines, transmission and driveline systems, controls, calibration and NVH for Ford vehicles and affiliate-branded products globally. Hoare’s background in powertrain engineering spans 25 years, with early professional experience at BMW Group and Land Rover (then a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company) in gasoline/petrol engines, transmission and driveline design and development, and engine manufacturing. Hoare was honoured in the UK with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2018 for services to the Automotive Industry. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Engineering Designers. He has led the UK Automotive Council Technology Group since May 2015. Hoare earned primary qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, a master's degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick, and an Engineering Doctorate from University of Bath.