Jack Cheng is known as a pioneer in the automotive industry, his vision is to empower a joyful future and mobilize the world through affordable autonomous electric cars. With China as the world’s largest EV market, both NIO and XPT are uniquely positioned to be the first advanced technology provider offering global quality and technology with a local presence. XPT is the provider of advanced technology components and solutions which are the “brain, heart, and soul” of NIO vehicles. In September 2018, Jack and the NIO leadership team took the NIO public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NIO). This public offering squarely positions XPT and NIO to be the number one provider of electric autonomous vehicles in the world.
Jack’s success can be attributed to his ability to develop international business and government relationships, while his instincts allow him to see what’s next in automotive and technology; and blaze the trail to get there. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, Jack has been able to leverage this in his XPT and NIO ventures.
Early in Jack’s career, he knew that learning the auto business from the ground up would serve him well. His leadership roles at China Country Manager at Magneti Marelli and later as Chairman of Fiat Automobiles, Co. Ltd. were important to building relationships and learning the business. He ability to see the “big picture” came at Ford in 1981 where he started in components design engineering and later moved to product planning and product development. With the Ford and Mazda partnership, Jack was instrumental in the orchestration and export of a Taiwan built Tracer (Mazda3) to Canada in 1986.
Senior VP – Communications and Corporate Strategy, EDC
Todd Winterhalt was appointed Senior Vice-President, Communications and Corporate Strategy in May 2019. The group he leads is responsible for reaching out to EDC audiences, internal and external, our stakeholders and the media, to drive greater visibility in the marketplace and tell the EDC story. As well, his team is charged with developing our organization’s long-term corporate strategy in support of Canada’s exporters and international investors. In addition to the strategy, communications, public affairs and economics teams, his group includes the corporate secretariat team, which manages the critical relationship between EDC’s Board of Directors and corporate strategy development.
President & CEO,
As President and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions LLC (AFS), Joe leverages his decades of industry experience and knowledge to provide production forecasting and advisory services to the global automotive community.
Joe manages the automotive turnkey operations at AFS including the global light vehicle, powertrain, drivetrain, and alternative propulsion forecast as well as a suite of AFS proprietary opportunity and sales planning software. AFS supports all tiered suppliers, VMs, government agencies, financial institutions, and the academic community with data, planning solutions, and a personalized support to help identify new business opportunities while mitigating risk.
Joe’s 25+ year career in automotive forecasting ranges from his tenure at AutoFacts, PwC, AutomotiveCompass, and now as founder of AutoForecast Solutions LLC (AFS).
International Public Policy Director,
Toyota Motor North America
Ms. Afas is responsible for developing and executing strategies to further Toyota‘s global business goals. She coordinates cross-functional and cross-cultural teams to understand, anticipate and navigate the ever-evolving policy environment and successfully advocate Toyota’s position. She also provides insight on geopolitical trends and macroeconomic developments to Toyota’s senior leadership.
Previously, Ms. Afas was appointed by President Obama to support the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years and creating five million manufacturing jobs following the 2008 financial crisis. As the Director for Export Promotion at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, she collaborated closely with the private and public sectors to develop sustainable infrastructure projects and advance economic growth in emerging economies by deploying U.S technology and services.
Silvio started his career in the industry as researcher at the Augusta Westland Helicopters and from 1990 he worked at Centro Ricerche Fiat near Turin (Italy), now Stellantis. In 1994, he joined ArvinMeritor Inc., now Meritor, in Detroit holding various management roles becoming CEO of national branches and General Manager of transnational operating units and global divisions.
In January, 2007, he joined Pininfarina as Chief Operating Officer, he was elected Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Pininfarina Group in 2009, position held till today. During his tenure he has led the relaunch of Pininfarina through a major industrial and financial restructuring and he housed the ownership of the Company in the Mahindra and Mahindra Group, still keeping publicly listed the Company.
Today, Pininfarina has offices in Europe, Asia and America. It offers Design and Engineering services in the Automotive and Transportation field conceiving, developing and producing one off and limited edition cars and Design services in Architecture, Industrial Design and Customer Experience.