Darren Palmer is the Global Product Development Director for Battery Electric Vehicles at Ford and Lincoln vehicles worldwide. He heads the electric cars division for PD as part of Team Edison, which is a company within a company, introduced to accelerate global development using a Design Thinking approach.
Prior to this role, Mr Palmer served in a number of executive roles, including leading Global Large and Luxury Products, Global Small Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Global Quality and the Ford JV setup in Russia.
Mr Palmer's particular skill is in developing highly customer focused product propositions that customers fall in love with. Then inspiring large and diverse teams spread across multiple continents to deliver to markets world-wide. Examples include global segment leading products such as Ford Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Mustang and Transit.
Since joining Ford in 1992, Palmer has amassed significant experience in global vehicle development, having held positions in Product Development, Product Planning, Manufacturing and Quality, in the UK, Germany, United States and through regular global travel to South America, China, India and Australia.
Mr Palmer is an Automotive News ‘Rising Star’ for Product Development and has used this status to build a global network of industry colleagues.
Mr Palmer holds an MBA from Henley Management College, England, an Electrical, Electronics and Technology Degree from Birmingham University in England and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).