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In this podcast, you’ll meet Carla Bailo, President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research. Carla shares with us her love of cars and deep roots in the automotive industry. Her long career has been full of opportunities to start from a blank slate, she loves doing things no one has done before. She also enjoys breaking molds and challenging people to think differently.
02:27 – Carla’s deep roots in automotive
05:30 – GMC ride and handling performance on big rigs, driving cross-country
09:30 – Moving to Nissan’s newly opened R&D center, the “blank sheet of paper” job
11:36 – Joint venture with Ford, negotiating differences in culture and customer expectations
19:00 – Request from President to start three new departments for R&D
23:50 – Moving to Japan for 5 yrs to be program director for trucks and SUVs globally
27:37 – Moving back to be head of R&D for North and South America
28:00 – Retiring from Nissan, working for Ohio State to do mobility research
29:48 – Asked to go to the Center for Automotive Research
32:00 – Modernizing the CAR – MBS conference
37:24 – Gen Z has a totally new way of thinking about things, employers have to change too
38:45 – What authentic leadership is to Carla
48:29 – The joys of getting back to in-person human interaction
54:20 – Carla’s definition of Gravitas
56:23 – Advice for her 25-year-old self
1:02:23 – Carla’s morning routine
Please share your thoughts on this episode, email me at Jan@gravitasdetroit.com, I'd love to hear from you.
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