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Lisa Drake serves as vice president of EV Industrialization for Ford Model e and additionally oversees manufacturing engineering as Ford develops breakthrough electric vehicles at scale.
Previously, Drake was chief operating officer, North America, responsible for bringing enhanced focus to product launches, warranty reduction and material cost improvements. She also served as vice president, Global Purchasing, responsible for all category management processes and procurement functions across direct and indirect purchasing areas, as well as supplier technical assistance.
Prior to that role, Drake spent more than 19 years in product development and engineering at Ford, with notable positions and contributions in cornerstone franchises such as F-150 and Super Duty as well as disruptive and emerging technologies during her time as chief engineer, Global Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles.
In 2008, the Automotive Hall of Fame awarded her the Young Leadership and Excellence Award in recognition of her contributions and leadership in the growing field of electrification. Drake earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and her master’s degree in business administration from University of Michigan.