Rivian, an electric vehicle developer based in Plymouth Township, and Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co., today announced that Alexandra Ford English, director of corporate strategy at Ford and daughter of Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman of the company, will join Rivian’s board of directors effective immediately.
English is responsible for Ford’s enterprise strategy, and connectivity and digital network strategy. She joined Ford in 2017 and served as a member of the Ford Autonomous Vehicle team and a member of the City Solutions team.
Before joining Ford, English was responsible for managing profit and loss operations for customer-centric businesses in the merchandising divisions of Tory Burch in New York and Gap Inc. in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.
“Alexandra and I share a deep passion for mobility and electrification, and her connection to Ford’s long family role in transportation is something special,” says R.J. Scaringe, founder and CEO of Rivian. “I am looking forward to working closely with her and the perspective that she will bring to the board.”
Ford made an initial investment of $500 million in Rivian in April 2019 and an additional equity investment in December 2019. Ford also plans to develop a new vehicle using Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform. The vehicle with Rivian is in addition to Ford’s plan to develop a portfolio of battery electric vehicles as part of its previously announced $11 billion in electric vehicle investments.
Rivian has development centers in Plymouth Township, California, Canada, and England, and a manufacturing plant in Illinois. It plans to launch its products in the U.S. in 2021 before selling its vehicles in international markets.
On Tuesday, Ford announced it was delaying an electric Lincoln SUV it planned to develop with technology from Rivian.