Philip Martens named trustee

Jan 14, 2003

Kettering University recently appointed Philip R. Martens to the University's board of trustees for a three-year term.

Kettering University recently appointed Philip R. Martens to the University's board of trustees for a three-year term.

Martens is vice president of Vehicle Programs and Processes for Ford Motor Co., a position he has held since Jan. 10, 2002. His current responsibilities include improving the Ford North America product creation process, which covers program management, commonality, quality, cost, speed, vehicle evaluation and verification. His extensive automotive experience and background is in product development engineering and management.

His previous roles in the automotive industry include serving as managing director of Product Planning, Design and Product Development for Mazda Motor Corp. While with Mazda, he assisted in reenergizing the brand with the return of the rotary engine for the RX-8 sports car, among other endeavors.

Martens was born April 13, 1960, and joined Ford in 1987. In 1993 he earned appointment as manager of small car vehicle development and was later named chief program engineer in Ford's Large and Luxury Car Vehicle Center. In 1998, he became chief engineer in Vehicle/Chassis Engineering for the Small and Medium Car Vehicle Center in Europe, and played a leading role in the development of the award-winning vehicle Mondeo.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a master's degree of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.