December 15, 2021 Press Release

Alliance For Automotive Innovation Announces Ford As 2022 Board Chair

Ford to lead advocacy efforts for a cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation future

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Alliance for Automotive Innovation (Auto Innovators) announced that Kumar Galhotra, President of the Americas and International Markets Group at Ford Motor Company, will serve as the Association’s 2022 Board Chair, succeeding Chris Reynolds, Toyota Motor North America’s Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Resources.

As the auto industry works to achieve a cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation future, the direct involvement of senior industry leaders on our board is a huge advantage when it comes to realizing key industry priorities and investment,” said Auto Innovators President and CEO John Bozzella. “I am looking forward to working with Kumar as we build on the accomplishments of our Association. And I appreciate Chris’s and the Toyota team’s strong leadership through 2021 as we navigated a remarkably challenging environment.”

“This is an incredible time of transformation for the entire automotive industry, and I look forward to helping lead the charge into the electric vehicle future as the Alliance for Automotive Innovation’s next board chair. Auto Innovators is uniquely positioned now to build on the groundwork laid over the past several years and shape the future as public policy assumes ever more significance in the transition to electric and connected transportation,” said Galhotra.

“Last year, Mark Reuss of General Motors got our new association out of the blocks quickly, establishing Auto Innovators as the preeminent voice of the automotive industry in the public policy arena,” said Reynolds. “I took the baton in January and was honored to work with leaders from global auto companies to face the challenges of an ongoing pandemic, supply chain disruptions and intense public policy debates. The baton is now passed to Kumar Galhotra of Ford, who will lead us on the next leg as the industry continues to accelerate toward an electric future.”

Auto Innovators is the singular, authoritative, and respected voice of the automotive industry. Its members represent nearly 99 percent of cars and light trucks sold in the United States, as well as original equipment suppliers, technology, and other automotive-related companies.