The excitement around the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer is continuing after its official debut on July 26, 2010. Jim Holland, Chief Engineer for the Ford Explorer, has been living that excitement for a long time, and is now in the final sprint to prepare the vehicle for production. Join him here for a live chat at 1:00 p.m. EST on Friday, August 6, 2010.
While attending college as an architecture student, Jim worked as a rough carpenter in the construction trades. This experience taught him the value of working swiftly, without losing sight of the tiniest of details.
Jim was charged with the reinvention and repositioning of the Ford Explorer, the SUV that defined the segment in the 1990s. Like building a custom home, this requires coordination of multiple teams, perspectives, resources and time lines.
Because one third of Explorer production is earmarked for export, Jim and the program team balanced global customer preferences, while engineering the vehicle to meet the most stringent requirements of each market where it is sold.
Jim brings this global perspective, having served as Chief Engineer of Global Hybrid Vehicle Strategy before his Explorer assignment. Prior to his hybrid work, he served as Chief Engineer at Land Rover for three programs under the top-of-the-line Range Rover nameplate. These posts brought significant influence to his Explorer role.