Originally established in 2007 as the F. Alan Smith Visiting Executive Program and now known as the F. Alan Smith Distinguished Lecture Series, the initiative was created to attract corporate executives in the transportation industry and other subject experts to speak to students, faculty and community VIPs at the Florida Institute of Technology. At least one executive speaker is welcomed to campus per Fall and Spring Semesters. These lecturers address topics such as innovation in the automotive industry, self-driving cars, the hyperloop high-speed rail, and innovations in ride-sharing, such as “Uber” and “Lyft.” Speakers may present from a business and/or engineering perspective, with an appeal across the university’s five colleges.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ford of Europe
Group Vice President, Ford Motor Company
Date and Time: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-Noon
Location: Hartley Room, Denius Student Center
Prior to his current position Mr. Fleming was President, Ford of Europe and prior to that he was Vice President Manufacturing, Ford of Europe with responsibility for all manufacturing facilities and operations.
Before taking over as Vice President Manufacturing, Mr. Fleming was Executive Director of the Ford Stamping Business Unit in the United States, an operation he was responsible for establishing. Prior to that assignment he served as Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering and New Model Programs.
Mr. Fleming joined Ford in 1967 at the company's Halewood facility on Merseyside, where he was involved in manufacturing processes for the then new Ford Escort. John Fleming was appointed Production Manager of the plant's Paint facility in 1984 and continued with responsibility for this and other areas in a number of management roles until 1988, when he left to assume European responsibility for Paint, Trim and Chassis Engineering. He returned to Halewood in 1991 as General Manufacturing Manager of Halewood Operations.
John Fleming was subsequently appointed Operations Manager of Halewood Operations in 1993. In 1995 he was assigned to the U.S. as Program Operations Manager for Vehicle Operations, responsible for managing four automotive assembly plants and three stamping and component plants.
Born in Liverpool, England, in 1951 Mr. Fleming holds an Honorary Degree from the John Moores University in Liverpool and production engineering qualifications from North East London Polytechnic.