Paul Mascarenas is chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation. He leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans. Prior to his current role, Mascarenas served as vice president of Engineering for Global Product Development, with responsibility for engineering the car, truck, SUV and crossover vehicles for Ford Motor Company brands. He also was instrumental in the development and implementation of the global Ford brand ‘DNA’. Since joining Ford in 1982, Mascarenas has amassed extensive experience in product development, having held various positions in product planning, program management, body engineering and powertrain while on assignments in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. He was appointed a company vice president in January 2005 and has held his current position since January 2011. Mascarenas holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of London, King’s College in England. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, an SAE International Fellow and serves as a member of the FISITA Honorary Committee.