Mark Fields is the former president and CEO of Ford Motor Company. Though Ford generated a record $11 billion profit in 2015, Fields looked ahead to less traditional transportation-related concepts, including high-tech bicycles and a variety of digital products. He was also keen on developing autonomous vehicles, and spent much of 2015 and 2016 testing Ford’s fleet of driverless cars in California, Arizona, and on snow-covered roads (an industry first) in parts of Michigan.
In March 2015, Fields established Ford’s experimental innovation program, Ford Smart Mobility, as its own business, with a focus on the kinds of products you won’t find on a dealership lot. So far, that includes FordPass, a platform that will help drivers find parking spots; Sync Connect, which lets owners start their vehicle via a smartphone app; and GoDrive, a car-sharing service that will launch in London. Fields spent more than 20 years at Ford Motor Company, rising through the ranks to president, then chief operating officer, until his appointment as chief executive in 2014. He is known for developing Ford’s 2006 restructuring plan, “The Way Forward.” He announced his retirement May 22, 2017.