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John Suh

Vice President and CRADLE Director, Hyundai Motor Company

John Suh is VP and founding director of Hyundai CRADLE, a Silicon Valley based corporate venture capital and open innovation center within Hyundai Motor Company’s Strategy and Technology division. In this role he helps to drive CRADLE’s three main functions: strategic venture capital, open collaboration with the startup community, and early-stage new concept development. He helps to guide strategic investments made in four themes: robotic and AI-enabled intelligent systems, eco-friendly technologies (primarily batteries and fuel cells for vehicles), mobility services, and materials and manufacturing technology.

Prior to joining Hyundai Motor Company, he worked at General Motors, Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), and several Silicon Valley startups where he has had roles in corporate investing, product management, and R&D. John has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and an MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

John volunteers on the advisory committee at the LA County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) Art+Technology program and as co-chair in the Consumer Technology Associations committee on Portable, Handheld, and In-vehicle Electronics (R6). John has numerous technical publications and has six patents and patents pending in the fields of robotics, artificial nose technology, and location based services.