Auto industry veteran Steve Gehring has joined the Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) as its Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Connected Automation.  Under this newly created position, Gehring will lead the Association’s efforts on auto safety, connected and self-driving vehicle policies. 

“With the auto industry in the midst of a technological evolution, we are thrilled to have a proven leader like Steve join our team,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers.  “Mobility is changing and Steve’s extensive background in the automotive policy space will support our members’ efforts to deliver advanced vehicle safety technologies to consumers.”

With over 25 years of experience in various engineering and management positions at “intelligent” transportation organizations and major carmakers, Gehring comes to Global Automakers after serving as Director of Public Policy for Vehicle Safety at General Motors.  Gehring has a strong track record working on both traditional historical areas of auto safety and with emerging new safety technologies.

“This was the right time in my career to begin working with the broader industry to advance some of the most cutting-edge lifesaving technologies,” said Gehring. “I am excited to join an organization that represents leaders in automobile technology, safety and manufacturing.”

Gehring holds a B.S. from Kettering University and a M.S. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Maryland with his family and serves on Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) national board of directors.


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