Rich Strader is the Vice President of Mobility Platforms and Products at Ford Motor Company and will be giving the 2019 Michael Korybalski Distinguished Lecture. Strader's talk is titled, "Smart Mobility," and will cover the global trends in mobility that are pushing companies, such as Ford, to change the way they look at the design gap that has developed with respect to mobility and transportation. It will share how this will shape the way people and goods move in the future world. And, it will describe some of the technologies and businesses that will be required to support these people and goods movement.
In his role at Ford, he is responsible for supporting and delivering software engineering services that enable Mobility Solutions, Connected Vehicle, Electric Vehicle, Connected Consumer and Analytics across the enterprise. His team is engaged in the research, experimentation, delivery and ongoing operations in these areas. Prior to this, Strader was director, Ford Technology Services of India (FTSI) Centre Head and AD Delivery Operations. In these roles, he was responsible for all of the FTSI strategic initiatives, personnel development and application delivery for several portfolios. Strader was previously Ford’s Director of IT Strategy and Security, where his responsibilities included IT Strategy development, security policy, incident response, forensic analysis, IT Learning and Development, Executive Support and Organizational Change Management. Prior to this role, he served as CIO at Volvo Cars and also Senior Manager of Ford's In-Vehicle Systems team where his group delivered the security architecture, connected services and several features for the SYNC platform. Strader has also held positions in Order Processing and Fulfillment, Finance Systems, and Plant FloorSystems at Ford. Before joining Ford, Strader managed a small software consulting firm that delivered plant automation solutions to various OEMs. Strader holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from theUniversity of Michigan. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer, scuba diving and spending time with his wife, Cindy, and his children, John, Erin and Mark.