As chief engineer for the all-new Ford Edge, Elaine Bannon is committed to building a vehicle that will stir emotion. She is leading the vehicle team with the hottest new entry into the red-hot crossover market, working to ensure the right combination of great looks and outstanding performance.
Join Elaine right here for a live chat on February 10 at 12:15 p.m. EST.
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“There are a lot of great vehicles out there, but only a select few can make you feel conﬁdent, powerful and sexier,” says Elaine. “Edge becomes an extension of your personality. It delivers on all counts, from its bold design, to its balanced ride, fun-to-drive character and conﬁdent handling.”
Elaine, who joined Ford Motor Company in 1984, brings a wealth of engineering and management expertise to the Edge program. Her inﬂuence is evident in the superb craftsmanship of the Edge’s interior and exterior. As principle lead for Global Craftsmanship, Elaine helped elevate the company to a new level of quality in ﬁt and ﬁnish. The Global Craftsmanship team was instrumental in the development of the critically acclaimed 2004 Ford F-150. Before taking on her current assignment, Elaine was chief engineer for Ford commercial trucks, helping integrate the expansive medium and heavy truck lineup into one cohesive business unit.
The Detroit-area native holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Michigan. Elaine says raising her young son and writing poetry helps her see issues from many perspectives. Elaine, who enjoys working the pit crew during her husband’s motorcycle road races, takes on each challenge with the belief that there is no ﬁnish line.
“Spending time with my husband on race weekends makes me appreciate the effort it takes to get to the top of your game – no matter what the area,” says Elaine. “Commitment to a skill and the enhancement of that skill takes tenacity, passion and positive energy – whether you’re confronted with greatness or adversity.”