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Carla Bailo

President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Carla Bailo is the president and CEO for the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). She leads the overall mission of CAR, manages day-to-day business, and is the face for the automotive industry in several venues.

Bailo previously served as Ohio State University’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development. In this role, she implemented the university sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. She also led Ohio State’s involvement as the primary research partner for Smart Columbus, a $140-million program to transform central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region.

Bailo is the 2016-2018 vice president of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. She has 35 years’ experience in the automotive industry with 25 years at Nissan.