Next Interview: April 22, 2021
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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021 | Live Stream 11am EST
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Richard Vaughan, Director, Crafted Quality, Rivian
Richard Vaughan is Director, Crafted Quality, at Rivian, where he leads the teams responsible for Perceived Quality, Design Quality, and Craftsmanship execution for all Rivian vehicles and Adventure Products. This includes competitive benchmarking, fit & finish target setting and engineering alignment, Design Quality reviews and approvals for surface quality, texture, color, and gloss – exterior and interior, and daily in-plant Crafted Quality audits to ensure vehicles and products meet customer expectations.
Prior to joining Rivian, Vaughan was Creative Director for CGT, the world’s largest supplier of automotive interior surface materials. As Creative Director, Vaughan functioned as the organization’s chief futurist, head of industrial design, and head of marketing across all of CGT’s global business lines; automotive, aviation, and industrial. In particular, he was responsible for the development of advanced smart-surface technologies for next generation user experiences.
Before joining CGT, he was at Visteon Corporation for 17 years, where he led a design team dedicated to turning consumer insights into next-generation interiors and HMI experiences for global carmakers. He started his career as a designer for Ford Motor Company, where he led the exterior and interior design of the original Lincoln Navigator, the first domestic luxury SUV.
Vaughan is a graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and is a lifelong car enthusiast. He has written six automobile-related books and serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Michigan, the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns, and the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club.
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Joann Jung is a creative design professional with 17 years of automotive experience who leads interior design at Lucid Motors. As the Creative Director of Interior Design at Lucid Motors, she oversees development of vehicle interiors from concept strategy to volume production, with the overarching goal of designing the ultimate in-vehicle experiences for all occupants by creating a unique interior space concept.
Prior to her role at Lucid, Joann led Global Advance Interior Design at Ford Motor Company, taking point on multiple advanced projects with a multi-disciplinary team. Before joining the Advance Interior team, she created concepts for all new 2015 Ford F150 interior and also spent years at the Lincoln studio, with designs that include the Lincoln MKT concept interior.
Joann holds a B.S. from the Art Center College of Design in Transportation Design.
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Drew Winter, Senior Analyst and Community Manager, Informa Tech Automotive Group
Senior Analyst and Community Manager at Informa Tech Automotive Group. As an analyst, I follow cockpit of the future and related topics. As a community manager, I create new relationships and content related to specific technical issues and topics for ITAG events. My latest project is our Automotive Inspire series of interviews with interesting and inspirational people working in the automotive and mobility industries. I also am a judge for the Wards 10 Best Propulsion Systems, Wards 10 Best Interiors and Wards 10 Best UX each year in addition to being a long-time juror for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards.