October 25, 2018.
Fleet Complete’s Chief Strategy Officer, Sandeep Kar, has joined the technology advisory board of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). MEMA has formed this professional advisory board to guide the motor vehicle supplier industry in a time of rapid and paradigm-shifting technological change.
The new MEMA Technology Advisory Board is comprised of high-level executives from MEMA’s four divisions (AASA, HDMA, MERA, and OESA). The board will be led by MEMA Chief Technology Officer, Brian Daugherty, and assisted by Leigh Merino, MEMA Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs. Membership on the advisory board is by invitation only. The board will meet quarterly to discuss current technology developments, assist with strategic direction, and provide a sounding board for MEMA regarding technology issues.
“This board, the first of its kind for MEMA, consists of a diverse group of members deeply involved in advanced technology development,” said Daugherty. “They will lend their valuable expertise and insight on emerging technology areas and ensure that MEMA and its divisions are focused correctly to advance our members’ business interests.”
The founding members of the MEMA Technology Advisory Board are: James Schwyn, NA Chief Technology Officer, Valeo; Helmut Wodrich, Product Director, Magna Electronics, Bill Hathaway, Chief Executive Officer, Noregon; and Sandeep Kar, Chief Strategy Officer, Fleet Complete; Richard Jones, Member, Dickinson Wright, serves as counsel to the technology board.
MEMA, which represents the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the United States, is at the forefront of advancing new motor vehicle technologies in areas such as vehicle safety, cybersecurity, connectivity, and fuel economy. The MEMA Technology Advisory Board has been formed at a critical time, as the industry faces significant changes in technology and new challenges in the business and trade environment.
“Never before has the mobility industry had to embrace so many advances in vehicle technology so quickly and on a global scale,” said Daugherty. “This new advisory board will ensure that MEMA is well-positioned to help lead our industry as these technologies emerge and are widely adopted.”
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 871,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 4.26 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit www.mema.org.
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