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Kristin Welch

Operations and Strategy, Ford X

Kristin Welch is a veteran of the mobility ecosystem in Southeast Michigan and beyond. She helped lead the ride sharing startup SPLT through growth and globalization and its acquisition by Bosch in 2018. Most recently, she’s been an advisor and strategist to numerous startups, including the autonomous delivery vehicle company Bedestrian. Bedestrian unveiled its first vehicle to much acclaim at this year’s AutoMobili-D.

Recently, Welch accepted a role with Ford X. Based in Palo Alto, Ford X is Ford Motor Company’s venture incubator which aims to unite entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers to envision, build, and validate new mobility ventures and business models to shape the future of transportation. Welch also volunteers as a mentor through New Enterprise Forum, works on the organizing committee for the Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC), and judges multiple pitch competitions.

Welch received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She spent more than 15 years at Deloitte, including leadership roles in Boston, Zurich, London, and New York City. She has an Executive MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.