Prior to his new job he was chief engineer, Powertrain Calibrations and NVH, Ford of Europe. Whenever he and his family had free time, they would jaunt from London to another country. The list of places visited includes Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Norway and France, just to name a few.
“We did 20 countries in 20 months,” said Layden. “It was a very exciting time. We might be in Paris one week and Prague the next. We just wanted to make sure that as a family we got the most out of being there that we could.”
With his new position as director of Ford Electrification Programs and Engineering, Layden might not have as much free time. Especially since he now is charged with overseeing the massive team developing batteries, motors, control systems, calibrations and electric drives as well as vehicle programs.
Ford is launching six new electrified vehicles in 2012 including Fusion Hybrid, which is expected to offer 47 mpg and become America’s most fuel-efficient non-rechargeable sedan. Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is expected to become America’s most fuel-efficient midsize car and offer the equivalent of more than 100 miles per gallon (MPGe). Focus Electric, C-MAX Hybrid and CMAX Energi plug-in hybrid also are on the list of new electrified vehicles along with a sixth that has not yet been announced.
Layden, who joined Ford in 1986 as an engine test engineer, said the different roles he has had in the course of his career have prepared him for his job today.
“I’ve learned how to help teams clarify their direction, how to help them remain focused and how to accomplish what they set out to do as quickly as possible and without spending or costing a fortune,” said Layden.
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