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Nigel Francis

Senior Automotive Advisor, State of Michigan; Senior Vice President, Automotive Industry Office

Francis NigelNigel Francis is senior automotive adviser to the state of Michigan and senior vice president, Automotive Industry Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Francis is charged with developing, implementing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan and road map to promote, retain and grow the automotive industry in Michigan. He serves as the state’s central connection point for automotive industry stakeholders and engages with them to drive action that supports the industry and Michigan’s overall economic growth strategy.

Francis comes to state government with 29 years of executive experience in the global automotive sector encompassing both technical and technology management in North America, Europe and Asia. He has worked with multinational senior management both at OEMs and Tier I suppliers. Nigel has a global awareness of startups, small, medium and large corporations, turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions.

Francis has held executive level positions at OEM and Tier I companies in North America and Europe, including chief engineering and program management for Tata Technologies; COO and chief technology officer at Trexa LLC; executive vice president, Bright Automotive; vice president, vehicle engineering at Mercedes-Benz Technology, and several C-level positions in product development and technology.