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Graham Hoare

Graham Hoare is the Executive Director for Powertrain Engineering, Ford of Europe. This role, which commenced in January 2006, has integrated the core Powertrain disciplines of diesel and gasoline/ petrol engines, transmissions and Powertrain application engineering to provide a cohesive Powertrain engineering capability for Ford in Europe. In addition to these responsibilities Graham has leadership for the Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, UK, the largest automotive R&D facility in the UK.  Graham is responsible for the next generation of gasoline and diesel products under development for Ford's global B, C, CD sized cars and European commercial vehicles in support of Ford's corporate sustainability commitments. His team of 2,700 staff are based in the UK, Germany & Turkey.  He is a member of the Board of Ford of Britain.

In his previous role, Graham was the Director of Powertrain Research & Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor Company, based in Dearborn, Michigan. USA. He was in this role for 4 years, and his responsibilities included the Research, Advanced Development and Technology Planning associated with Gasoline, Diesel Engines, Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines, Transmission & Driveline Systems, Controls, Calibration and NVH for Ford vehicles and affiliate branded products globally. His teams were based in North America, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Prior to his US assignment, he was responsible for Powertrain Engineering in Land Rover, England, at that point a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. In this role he led the Powertrain activities for the new family of Land Rover products, LR3 & Range Rover Sport.

Prior to his Land Rover appointment, Graham was Chief Engineer for BMW Group, Transmission & Driveline Engineering, based in Munich, Germany. In this role he was responsible for leading the development of transmission systems for BMW, Range Rover, Mini & Rolls Royce branded vehicles.

His background in Powertrain Engineering spans 20 years, with primary qualifications in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick, UK.  His early professional years included Gasoline/ Petrol Engine, Transmission & Driveline design & development, coupled with experience in Engine Manufacturing. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers & a fellow of the Institute of Engineering Designers.

Experience gained from life in three countries, and the associated business cultures has assisted Graham in comprehending the value of world class engineering and the importance of accelerating deployment of Powertrain innovation, particularly in the race for ever more CO2 friendly technologies.  “The powertrain remains the heart of any great car & effective powertrain control creates its soul,” says Hoare.

Graham is 44 years old with one child.