Mary Ann Wright leads the Research and Development organization responsible for establishing Power Solutions technology and innovation roadmap, value chain strategies as well as leading the government relations activities to accelerate the global growth of advanced energy storage systems. She is also leading the execution of the U.S. Department of Energy economic stimulus grant program -- establishing a domestic advanced battery industry.
Ms. Wright most recently served as Vice President and General Manager for Johnson Controls Hybrid Systems business, and CEO of Johnson Controls-Saft. She played a key role in establishing Johnson Controls-Saft as a leading independent global provider of hybrid battery systems.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Wright was Executive Vice President Engineering, Product Development, Commercial and Program Management for Collins & Aikman Corporation. Prior to joining Collins & Aikman, she served as Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs at Ford Motor Company. In this capacity she was responsible for all hybrid, fuel cell and alternative fuel technology development. She also served as Chief Engineer of the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, the industry's first full hybrid SUV. In 2005, she led the launch of Ford’s first hydrogen-powered fuel cell fleet program. She began her career at Ford in 1988, holding a variety of positions in finance, product and business planning, and engineering.
Awards and Recognition
Ms. Wright received the 2011 Automotive News/Ernst and Young “Electrifying 100” honor and has been recognized by Automotive News as one of the "Leading 100 Women in the Automotive Industry." In 2010, she received a Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame. She was named as one of the “Top 50 Women to Watch” by the Wall Street Journal.
Education and Background
She earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and International Business from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University. She serves on the Board of Governors at Argonne National Laboratory, Vice Chairman Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), Washington DC., Vice Chairman Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium (WERC), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation Board and the Executive Board of the Greater-Milwaukee, WI YMCA. She also serves as board chair for the Dearborn, MI Animal Shelter and is on the Advanced Technology Academy advisory board in Dearborn, MI.