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Lisa Drake is vice president, EV Industrialization, Ford Model e, effective March 2, 2022. She reports to Doug Field, chief EV and digital systems officer, Ford Model e.
Previously, Lisa Drake was chief operating officer, North America, responsible for bringing enhanced focus to product launches, warranty reduction and material cost improvements.
She also served as vice president, Global Purchasing, responsible for all category management processes and procurement functions across direct and indirect purchasing areas as well as supplier technical assistance. Prior to that role, Drake led the Global Powertrain purchasing organization which was responsible for procurement of all engine, transmission and drivetrain components, as well as all electrification components including batteries.
She joined purchasing in 2013 as director, Global Program Purchasing, and also served as director, Global Interior Purchasing, a position she held since August 2016.
Drake has also held various positions in Product Development for nearly 20 years. In 2004, she led the F-150 product and launch team during the construction of the state-of-the-art Dearborn Truck Plant at the Ford Rouge Center. Her other notable positions include chief engineer, Lincoln MKC; assistant chief engineer, F-Series Super Duty; and program manager roles for Explorer and Expedition.
Drake also served as the Global Hybrid and Electric Vehicle chief engineer from May 2007 to September 2010. In this position, she led the development and delivery of Fusion Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and the C-Max Hybrid and Energi programs.
In addition to her work with hybrid and plug-in hybrids, Drake led the development of the Focus Electric and the Transit Connect Electric. In 2008, the Automotive Hall of Fame awarded her the Young Leadership and Excellence Award, in recognition of her contributions and leadership in the growing field of electrification.
Drake joined Ford in 1994 as a Ford College Graduate in powertrain engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.