Précis: The Pathway for the Global Auto Industry to net-zero carbon emissions by Dr. Andy Palmer CMG
The global Automotive Industry in general is an industry fundamentally challenged even prior to COVID-19; in a period of massive change primarily driven by external factors forcing that change. Change is being driven by many influences. It’s hard to put them in any order, but I would suggest that perhaps the most profound is the changing customer expectations.
Dr. Andy Palmer discusses the difficulties in making these changes. Whether from the point of view of the legacy OEM’s or from the perspective of the start-ups, all have challenges to overcome. He will also talk about helpful and not so helpful intervention from national and local Governments to stimulating the speed of progress and the attributes of the change that are “sticky” for long term job security and value creation in a country.
About Dr. Andy Palmer
Dr. Andy Palmer CMG is a chartered engineer and automotive executive. Having served in leadership positions at both Nissan and Aston Martin, Andy has led transformational change at two of the world’s most recognisable businesses in the industry.
In 1991, Andy joined Nissan and held a succession of positions, including Program Director for Light Commercial Vehicles, Senior Vice-President, and Executive Vice-President before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2013.
At Nissan, Andy is best remembered for transforming the product line-up but was also responsible for Business Strategy and Product Planning, Global Sales & Marketing, IT, and the company’s Electric Vehicle and Battery business. He was also Chairman of Infiniti. During this time in Japan, Andy was credited with pioneering ground-breaking technologies, including leading the development of the Nissan LEAF electric car.
In October 2014, Andy was appointed CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda. At Aston Martin, Andy oversaw the launch of four core car models with nine derivatives, including the development and launch of the DBX, the company’s first foray into the growing Luxury SUV market.
Andy’s time at Aston Martin coincided with unique business conditions, including navigating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union and the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, he was also instrumental in moving the company towards a mid-engined car bloodline, with the creation of the Valkyrie to be launched in late 2020.
In 2012, AutoExpress voted Andy into their Hall of Fame as the “Most Influential British Person in the Global Automotive Business” and in 2018, AutoExpress named him”Person of the Past 30 Years”.