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Nigel Francis

Senior Automotive Adviser, State of Michigan; Senior Vice President, Automotive Industry Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Francis HeadshotNigel Francis is the senior automotive adviser to the State of Michigan and senior vice president of the Automotive Industry Office at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  Nigel is charged with developing, implementing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan and road map to promote, retain and grow the automotive industry in Michigan. He serves as the state’s central connection point for automotive industry stakeholders and engages with them to drive action that supports the industry and Michigan’s overall economic growth strategy.

Francis comes to state government with 29 years of executive experience in the global automotive sector, encompassing technical and technology management in North America, Europe and Asia. He has held executive-level positions at OEM and Tier I companies in North America and Europe. With a record of successfully building and leading diverse cross functional teams across different continents, he is well-versed in global business cultures and values collaboration at all levels.

Nigel holds a bachelor’s degree from Brunel University in London, England. Additionally, he serves as an advisory board member of the Purdue University School of Engineering Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers of Great Britain, and a Chartered Engineer of Great Britain.