Kristin Slanina
ev expert, net-zero lead

Kristin Slanina, EV Expert

CIO ParkMyFleet, Velodyne Lidar and Comstock Board Member

A History of Innovation

Spanning the next 3 decades, Kristin’s engineering prowess and drive for excellence propelled her a career trajectory as an outstanding woman in the male-dominated automotive industry.

Currently, Kristin is the CIO of Park My Fleet, which builds staffed mobility hubs for fleets; a critical player in mass adoption to electrified transportation.
In her role of Chief Innovation Officer, she produced the Charge Across America EV Rally a 10 day televised production.  She orchestrated five teams to compete in electric vehicles from NY to LA.  She also drove the 3300 miles in a pace car, gaining first-hand insights to what it takes for mass adoption to be possible.  

Her stint as COO of TrueCar, an online portal for car-buying, for consumers and a network of over 10K certified dealers, developed during a0 highly competitive recruiting process, where she was referred to as the “purple squirrel” for her unique pedigree as a core engine engineer.  Her future of mobility expertise, consumer-fulfillment strategist, and savvy business leader made her an ideal experiment for TrueCar.

In a prior role as Chief Transformation Officer for Thirdware, an IT consulting firm, she led the Emerging Technology Group and paved the way to augment Thirdware’s partner with Ford and other Tier 1 OEMs on vehicle software development, machine learning and blockchain technology.

Earlier in her career, Kristin defined and scaled EY’s future of mobility business model skyrocketing revenue from $0 to $20M globally in the first year.  EY had wooed Kristin away from Ford to create and develop their global mobility practice, advising clients on the future of mobility and smart cities.  They were enticed by her unique background as powertrain engineer,  automotive and digital innovation.  As the new Executive Director of Automotive Transportation Mobility, she secured multimillion-dollar funding to develop the Tesseract (blockchain) platform. Integrating blockchain innovation, automotive ecosystems, and strategic operational frameworks, 

Following 2 decades of success at Ford, Kristin’s reputation as a mobility expert attracted other automotive giants and business leaders.  Intrigued by Chrysler’s opportunity to head and restructure its fuel economy/greenhouse gas and propulsion strategy, she accepted the challenge as Director of
Strategy and Planning. Within 2 years, she delivered five strategic direction plans and actualized a 10% savings in fuel economy with a 50% reduction in launch costs.

With 10 years of core engine experience and many promotions within the Ford ecosystem, her proven leadership skills and unbridled enthusiasm as well as positive attitude put her in the spotlight as the architect of Ford’s Future of Mobility blueprint. With a mission to shape Ford’s strategic response to
societal, environmental, and economic challenges, Kristin built a global enterprise team, forged
collaborations with technology leaders (IBM, Intel, Apple, and Google), and engaged academic partners
(MIT, University of Michigan, and Stanford). Her leadership efforts culminated in Ford’s Smart Mobility
initiatives announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show by Ford’s CEO.
While an MIT graduate student, she completed an internship program at Digital Equipment,
culminating in a master’s thesis in Tribology. Upon graduation, she was hired by Ford as a Powertrain
engineer, where she completed 2 years in the prestigious Ford College Graduate Program. An exciting
opportunity led her to Ford’s Cologne Engineering facility, where she was promoted as the first female
engineer in Ford of Germany. Immersing herself in the culture, she became semi-fluent in German and
earned distinction as the first woman on the all-male company soccer league.
Widely recognized as an industry expert and thought leader, Kristin is a sought-after spokesperson and
leading authority on the future of mobility, connected and autonomous vehicles, and smart city
initiatives. She is quoted and often featured in global and renowned media outlets. In 2016, she was
named as one of “60 Who are Steering Self-Driving Vehicles” by Automotive News.
Kristin embraces her rarity as a woman in a male-dominated culture and credits her feminine strengths
for her success—she is an intuitive communicator and an innate people person. Kristin is a champion
who supports women at all career levels, having voluntarily mentored hundreds of women throughout
her career.