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FT Digital Future of the Car Week

What now? What next?

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Speakers include:
Alison Jones

Alison Jones

Groupe PSA (UK)

Ian  Plummer

Ian Plummer

Auto Trader

Martina Buchhauser

Martina Buchhauser

Volvo Car Group

Overview

If you were unable to attend the FT Future of the Car Digital Week, the videos are now available to view on-demand until 9 August 2020. 

It is a pivotal moment for the global automotive industry. Covid-19 has brought huge disruption to the economy and business landscape worldwide, but a crisis can act as a catalyst for further innovation, forcing organisations to seek alternative ways to operate in times of turbulence, and beyond. At the FT Digital Future of the Car Week, influential figures in the automotive sector will scrutinise the impact of Covid-19 and the complex interplay of forces changing the car industry forever.

What carmakers do now and what they do next will influence their chances of survival in the post-pandemic world. Join these free, 60-minute webinars delivered by one of the world’s most trusted brands to stay connected and informed as transformation within the industry and the world around it accelerates. 

Convincing consumers to buy after C-19 
Tuesday July 7, 4 pm - 5 pm BST (GMT + 1)

Supply chain shake-up: More disruption is on its way. How should carmakers prepare?
Wednesday July 8, 4 pm - 5 pm BST (GMT + 1)

‘Net-zero’ Cars: Can Covid-19 light the way to a ‘green’ recovery for the global automotive industry? 
Thursday July 9, 4 pm - 5 pm BST (GMT + 1)

The series is moderated by Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

Click on the tabs below for more information on discussion frameworks, speakers and to view on-demand videos.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 07/07/2020 16:00:0007/09/2020 17:00:00trueFT Digital Future of the Car WeekIf you were unable to attend the FT Future of the Car Digital Week, the videos are now available to view on-demand until 9 August 2020. It is a pivotal moment for the global automotive industry. Covid-19 has brought huge disruption to the economy and business landscape worldwide, but a crisis can act as a catalyst for further innovation, forcing organisations to seek alternative ways to operate in times of turbulence, and beyond. At the FT Digital Future of the Car Week, influential figures in the automotive sector will scrutinise the impact of Covid-19 and the complex interplay of forces changing the car industry forever.What carmakers do now and what they do next will influence their chances of survival in the post-pandemic world. Join these free, 60-minute webinars delivered by one of the world’s most trusted brands to stay connected and informed as transformation within the industry and the world around it accelerates. Convincing consumers to buy after C-19 Tuesday July 7, 4 pm - 5 pm BST (GMT + 1)Supply chain shake-up: More disruption is on its way. How should carmakers prepare?Wednesday July 8, 4 pm - 5 pm BST (GMT + 1)‘Net-zero’ Cars: Can Covid-19 light the way to a ‘green’ recovery for the global automotive industry? Thursday July 9, 4 pm - 5 pm BST (GMT + 1)The series is moderated by Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial TimesClick on the tabs below for more information on discussion frameworks, speakers and to view on-demand videos.FT-Digital-Future-of-the-Car-Week5ac677ef87fcba933524676dd6e440eeMM/DD/YYYY

SPEAKERS (10)

Alison Jones

Alison Jones

Group MD
Groupe PSA (UK)

Alison Jones is Group Managing Director UK and Senior Vice President for Groupe PSA, responsible for the Brands of Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles.  Jones took up her role in February 2019 from the Volkswagen Group where she held various senior management roles, latterly of which was Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.  Alison is also a Vice President for the  Institute of Customer Service, a role she has held for over seven years representing the Automotive sector.

Ian  Plummer

Ian Plummer

Commercial Director
Auto Trader

Ian Plummer has an unusually broad 20 year experience of the automotive ecosystem having held senior positions across the industry spanning international manufacturer head offices, National Sales Companies, to retailers. A common theme throughout has been the power of digital to both improve consumer experience and increase business value.

Ian joined Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, in 2017. He’s responsible, in particular, for growing Auto Trader’s new car business, as well as driving new value and revenue to OEMs and their retailers in both the new and used car space.

Previously Ian was Volkswagen UK Director of Sales Operations, Managing Director of Renault-Nissan Retail Group, and prior to that held various international marketing, after-sales and e-business roles at Renault’s headquarters in Paris. Ian holds a BA (Hons) from Loughborough University in Economics, Politics and French, and an MBA from IMD-Theseus Institute in France.

Martina Buchhauser

Martina Buchhauser

Chief Procurement Officer
Volvo Car Group

Martina Buchhauser joined the Volvo Cars executive management team in 2017, leaving her native Germany and BMW, where she had been the Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Network for Interior since 2012. Before her career within BMW she had held various senior positions at MAN and General Motors since the mid-1980s.

Martina has always been interested in sustainability, and her move to Volvo Cars and Sweden has allowed her greater freedom to explore sustainability-related matters in her realm of procurement, and to use her purchasing power and unique relationships with suppliers to encourage sustainable, ethical business practices.

She has a wealth of experience from the automotive industry as well as a proven track record in global sourcing, supplier management and close collaboration with engineering and manufacturing organizations. 

Martina is dedicated to use her purchasing power of 200 billion of Swedish krona to build a sustainable future, putting pressure on suppliers to be fully transparent, and to choose sustainable, ethical materials and methods throughout their own supply chains. She leads a global team currently focused on creating strategic partnerships with suppliers to make the companies ambitious climate and electrification strategy; that 50% of all new Volvo cars sold will be fully electric by 2025, a reality.

Martina is committed to a zero-tolerance approach to unethical behaviour across Volvo Cars’ entire supply chain and demands full transparency with all sourcing.

Thorsten Muschal

Thorsten Muschal

President
CLEPA

Thorsten Muschal was appointed President of CLEPA in January 2020. CLEPA represents over 3.000 companies supplying state-of-the-art components and innovative technology for safe, smart and sustainable mobility, investing over 25 billion euros yearly in research and development. Before becoming President, he was CLEPA’s vice president for 4 years and is well versed in the EU policy dossiers impacting the automotive industry. 

In daily life, Mr Muschal is Executive Vice President responsible for Sales and Program Management at Faurecia, the Paris-headquartered multinational. He has held leadership positions at Faurecia in Germany, North America, and France. Thorsten Muschal first joined Faurecia in 1992 as the Assistant to the General Manager of RHW. He was then made Head of Controlling at the Stadthagen plant. In 1997 he worked as the Director of Metal Structures for Volkswagen, and in 1998 became the Director of Sales to the Volkswagen Group. In 2003 his responsibilities were enlarged responsible  to Ford and GM. In 2004 he was the Vice President of the BMW/DAIMLER Customer, and was also made the Managing Director of Faurecia Autositze GmbH.

In 2005 he became the Vice President of the Ford/ GM/ Volkswagen Division. From  2006 to 2011 he worked as Vice President for the North European Seating Division, and the Managing Director of Faurecia Automotive GmbH. From 2011 to 2014 Thorsten Muschal was the President of Faurecia Automotive Seating in North America, and then in 2014 became Faurecia’s Vice President of Group Customer Strategy, in charge of Sales. In 2016 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Faurecia Exteriors.

Ian Harnett

Ian Harnett

Board Member, Global Purchasing
Jaguar Land Rover

In April 2015 Ian Harnett was appointed as Executive Director of Human Resources and Global Purchasing, also picking up responsibility for all Jaguar Land Rover Property matters globally.

He has been the Director of Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover since 2009.

Previously Ian was responsible for establishment of the new Strategic Business Office at Jaguar Land Rover, as well as heading the Transition Team as Jaguar Land Rover was divested from Ford Motor Company.

Ian joined British Leyland in 1982 starting in the Purchasing Department at Longbridge and spent the next 25 years in various Purchasing / Project roles - including assignments with subsequent owners of Rover Group.  For a number of years he was responsible for Honda Contracts and later headed a joint Purchasing team in BMW / Rover.  In July 2000 Ian led the Land Rover Purchasing team out of BMW ownership following Ford acquisition.

Avinash  Rugoobur

Avinash Rugoobur

President
Arrival

Avinash Rugoobur joined Arrival as Chief Strategy Officer for the Arrival group following an impressive 16 years in the mobility industry. Having started his career at GM as an engineer, he went on to lead advanced technology activities at GM’s Silicon Valley Office. During this time, he identified and lead the $1Bn acquisition of Cruise Automation -  a pivotal moment in creating the autonomous vehicle industry and supporting ecosystem of startups and traditional auto-makers. After developing the business engagement with silicon valley based 500 startups, he started his own venture - Curve Tomorrow, a digital health technology and consulting company. In 2017 Avinash became Head of Strategy + M&A for GM Cruise Automation where he helped acquire multiple companies and ensure GM Cruises’ valuation increase from $1Bn to $14 Bn. He was also responsible for leading GM Cruise's next generation of vehicles.In his spare time Rugoobur has run his own Dojo and founded the company Bliss Chocolates. Avinash has a unique ability to identify societal shifting technology trends and is steering Arrival’s mission in making Generation 2.0 electric vehicles.

Peter  Rawlinson

Peter Rawlinson

CEO and CTO
Lucid

Peter Rawlinson serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Lucid. As CEO, Peter is responsible for all strategic and business aspects of the company. As CTO, he is responsible for the creation and delivery of all Lucid products. He brings over 30 years of automotive industry experience to bear in these roles.

Prior to Lucid, Peter was Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla and Chief Engineer of the Model S, where he led the engineering of the Model S from a clean sheet to production readiness while building the engineering team.

A graduate of Imperial College, University of London, Peter was formerly Head of Vehicle Engineering at Corus Automotive, Chief Engineer at Lotus Cars, and Principal Engineer at Jaguar Cars.

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen

Automotive Senior Global Practice Manager
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Jon Allen is Amazon Web Services (AWS) Professional Services Automotive Senior Global Practice Manager leading a team of consultants focused on AWS’s largest automotive customers helping the industry transform from connected cars to smart factories using AWS capabilities. He is also a member of the AWS core leadership team building the VW’ Industrial Cloud to address the future of production and supply chain in the automotive industry. 

Prior to joining AWS, Jon was a Director at Booz Allen Hamilton managing its Commercial Automotive and Manufacturing practice and led the creation of and served as the first Executive Director of the Automotive Information Sharing & Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC), the industry’s first cyber threat and vulnerability information-sharing consortium. Before joining Booz Allen’s commercial practice, he was a member of the leadership team reestablishing the firm’s enterprise risk and cyber business in the Middle East. For his first nine years at Booz he supported U.S. Government clients within the defense and intelligence agencies developing resiliency and risk capabilities to protect U.S. critical infrastructures. 

Carl Bayliss

Carl Bayliss

Vice President, Mobility and Home Energy
Centrica

Carl Bayliss has spent the past 20 years working across global markets in the automotive industry, including spending more than a decade outside of the UK.  He has experience from working in both new, emerging and mature global environments, delivering strategies and diverse projects that add value for luxury brands and premium products.

Carl joined Centrica in May 2019, to play a role in transforming the energy giant to one which leads on the electrification of mobility and democratisation of renewable energy through home energy management.   To date, this has led to the company formally establishing strategic partnerships with global automotive OEMs, the deployment of home energy solutions pilots and the development of an integrated platform addressing the convergence of electric vehicles and energy in the home.

Amanda Stretton

Amanda Stretton

Sustainable Transport Editor
Centrica

Amanda Stretton is one of the UK’s leading female motor industry commentators focusing on all areas of consumer motoring when she was Motoring Editor at Confused.com, but now as we move increasingly towards mainstream electrification as the Sustainable Transport editor for Centrica. She is also a leading motorsport presenter specialising in the electrification of the powertrain and the new technology for JLR in the rapidly developing Formula E and I-Pace eTrophy electric race series. 

Her technical expertise originates from racing for over 20 years, and winning races on the world stage in top level international racing classes including the FIA GT Championship, the only British woman to have achieved this; and racing in the top LMP1 class against a record entry of ex-F1 drivers in the World famous Le Mans 24 hour race. Her understanding of the car industry, legislation changes and ability to convey technical and mechanical innovations have resulted in her regularly contributing on the UK’s leading news channels and programmes, giving insight into the unprecedented changes currently taking place across the industry. 

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Peter  Campbell

Peter Campbell

Global Motor Industry Correspondent
Financial Times

Peter Campbell is the Financial Times’ Global Motor Industry Correspondent, based in London but with a global remit. He leads the FT’s coverage of the industry, online and in print, and works with a team of local correspondents around the world to cover the major car makers, industry trends and technological breakthroughs. Prior to this, Peter covered technology and UK company news for the FT, and has previously covered energy, media, telecoms, technology, industry and tax. He was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for 2014. Peter holds a BA in Politics from the University of York. Follow Peter on Twitter @Petercampbell1

WHY ATTEND

Discover how the crisis, and the prolonged economic slump it is likely to have triggered, will change the car industry forever
Hear how industry leaders are dealing with COVID-19-related impacts on multiple fronts, and what they see coming down the line
Stay connected and informed while you work from home
Understand the fundamental changes car manufacturers, suppliers and dealerships need to implement now to be ready for business after Covid-19
Benchmark the competition

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Agenda - 7th Jul

  • 4:00pm
    Convincing consumers to buy after C-19

    A relaxation in lock-downs around the world is producing a surge in demand for cars. But with many consumers continuing to stay at home or staying at a safe distance when out, OEMs and dealerships must find new ways to sell cars that respect their customers’ health concerns. This webinar will look at how Covid-19 is changing demand, and discuss some of the successful digital solutions and other approaches being deployed - from car-key delivery via drones to innovations in live-stream selling - to help convince consumers to buy.

    The discussion covered a considerable amount of ground. Some key points:

    • The general public remains very nervous and fearful, so building clarity, trust and transparency into every part of the consumer experience is a “must.”
    • Retailers skills and services will need to change fundamentally in the coming years. Services will need to be really focussed around the customer and making digital and physical work together. COVID-19 has accelerated this.
    • Since 9 in 10 of us who buy a new car do so on finance, it’ll be key to introduce ways of reducing a consumer’s risk, real or perceived, making it easier to commit to a multi-year deal.

    Speakers: 

    Alison Jones, Group MD, Groupe PSA (UK)

    Ian Plummer, Manufacturer and Agency Director, Autotrader

    Moderated by: 

    Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

    <<View on-demand here>>

Agenda - 8th Jul

  • 4:00pm
    Supply chain shake-up: More disruption is on its way. How should carmakers prepare?

    Factory closures, supply chain disruption and a collapse in demand have hit the car industry hard, raising thorny questions about the globalized nature of the automotive supply chain. As the impact of Covid-19 starkly illustrates, more resilience will be required to protect against future shocks. As car-makers get back to work and production restarts, what can the industry learn from this crisis to better insulate itself against widespread and atypical disruptions in the future? What would the blueprint for a more robust automotive supply chain look like? Does Covid-19 spell the end for ‘just-in-time’ manufacturing?

    -Dealing with disruption: How are current disruptions in the automotive sector impacting and changing the way the automotive supply chain organises itself?

    -Visibility: Getting to one version of the truth, and how suppliers and OEMS use technology to connect closer

    -The future: As technology alters automotive industry business models and vehicle volumes and product life-cycles change, what does this mean for the automotive supply chain of the future? 

    The discussion covered a considerable amount of ground. Here are a few of the key observations made during the course of the conversation:

    • Embedding AI in production and supply chain improves quality and throughput and leads to shortened innovation cycles
    • Software is the ‘new gold’ as cars transform into increasingly sophisticated communications devices on wheels
    • Close collaboration between OEMs, suppliers and other stakeholders kept factories running despite disruptions from the corona pandemic and will be central to success in the future
    • Blockchain has the potential to track down deeper through the supply chain to improve end-to-end visibility, and thereby facilitating ethical sourcing

    Speakers:

    Martina Buchhauser, Chief Procurement Officer, Volvo Car Group

    Ian Harnett, Board Member, Global Purchasing, Jaguar Land Rover

    Thorsten Muschal, President, CLEPA - the European Association of Automotive Suppliers 

    Jonathan Allen, Automotive Senior Global Practice Manager, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Moderated by: 

    Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

    <<View on-demand here>>

Agenda - 9th Jul

  • 4:00pm
    ‘Net-zero’ Cars: Can Covid-19 light the way to a ‘green’ recovery for the global automotive industry?

    The scale and speed of the response from industry, government and civil society to the global health crisis has been astonishing and innovative. Can this new-found momentum, ingenuity and willingness to collaborate be sustained and re-directed at the climate crisis? Has COVID-19 changed mindsets around what’s possible (and how quickly) in the context of the ‘net-zero’ car? Will the crisis stimulate or stall the move away from car ownership, and what might this mean for the industry’s transition towards more environmentally sustainable business?

    Key talking points:

    • The car is being seen increasingly as fundamental to our lives as our smartphone. Integrated into home energy systems, powering homes at peak times and managed in a smart way that minimises the amount of additional infrastructure building we need to do.
    • As we increasingly electrify our transport and heating at home this is going to mean a significant ramping up of demand for electricity. That’s going to be difficult to manage without strategic infrastructure investment.
    • One of the barriers to entry for EVs is the lack of options on the market for businesses and cities. Arrival is creating custom vehicles for regional markets and this is possible because of their microfactories.

    Speakers:

    Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO, Lucid

    Avinash Rugoobur, President, Arrival

    Amanda Stretton, Sustainable Transport Editor, Centrica

    Carl Bayliss, Vice President, Mobility and Home Energy, Centrica

    Moderated by: 

    Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times

    <<View on-demand here>>

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Our core audience consists of international OEMs and their Tier 1 partners, including influential figures from around the car industry ecosystem: dealerships, toll companies, road builders, fuel suppliers, auto and health insurance providers, mobility tech providers, parking companies, fast moving goods companies, financial services, law firms, venture investors, energy companies and transport and infrastructure advisory firms. From the public sector: national and local departments of finance, transport and infrastructure; heads of strategy and investment from the world’s largest cities.

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We’ve been serving customers for over 200 years and aim to be at the centre of their daily lives - central to helping them run their world.

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