Vice President, City Solutions
John F. Kwant currently serves as Ford’s Director of City Solutions, focusing on Smart Mobility initiatives. In this headquarters based role, Mr. Kwant interfaces with both global business units and Dearborn based functional teams to ensure enterprise alignment on mobility strategy.
Prior to this role, Mr. Kwant worked in Ford’s Asia Pacific Group for over 10 years in a variety of roles. Most recently, he was Director of Asia-Pacific Integration, interacting on behalf of the business unit with Dearborn based functional teams to ensure enterprise alignment on key Asia-Pacific matters. Before this, he was Ford’s Director of International Government Affairs for Asia-Pacific Matters in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for ensuring corporate alignment and collaboration between the US and AP markets on Ford’s public policy and lobbying priorities. Mr. Kwant’s assignment just prior to this was as Vice President for Government Affairs for Ford’s Asia-Pacific and Africa Operations based in Shanghai and oversaw the Government Affairs activity for the entire region. Before to moving to Shanghai in 2009, he was the head of the Strategy & Business Development and Planning Group for Asia-Pacific which was based in Dearborn.
Mr. Kwant joined Ford in August of 1999 to assist in business development, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances surrounding Internet distribution channel partners. He was the founder and Managing Director of Ford Motor Company’s Venture Capital Group which managed numerous corporate investments. He has served on the Boards of several of the Group’s holdings. The Group was recognized in 2001 by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as a recipient of a Michigan Investment and Commercialization Success Award. Mr. Kwant then moved on to serve as the Director of Business Intelligence and Corporate Initiatives within Automotive Strategy at Ford.
Before joining Ford, Mr. Kwant spent four years at Pitney Bowes, Inc, where he was responsible for Internet Business Development, Strategic Planning, and M&A. Prior to this, he worked as a Consultant with Deloitte & Touche and also held various management positions with General Motors in manufacturing and operations.
Mr. Kwant holds an MBA, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and MSE in Engineering Management, McCormick Graduate School of Engineering, both from Northwestern University as well as a BSE, Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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