Bob Holycross

Aug. 9, 2016

Bob Holycross (BS MECH EGR ’93) became the vice president, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe, Middle East & Africa on July 1, 2016. 

In his new position he is responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental and safety regulations, as well as the development and implementation of the company’s environment and safety strategy, policy and performance in Europe. 

He previously was director, Global Certification & Program Compliance for Ford’s Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering Organization (SE&SE). He led a team responsible for delivering official government certification of products, which is required prior to sale. In addition, he conducted and coordinated testing of in-service vehicles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and other third-party testing organizations. 

Holycross began his career at Ford in 1993 as a Ford College Graduate. Since that time, he has held several different engineering and supervisory positions related to streamlining and reforming regulatory protocols in support of Ford’s business plans. He has chaired several different government and industry committees, testified before federal and state government bodies on environmental and energy matters, and moderated several third-party technical panels through organizations such as the Society of Automotive Engineers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1993 and an MBA from Michigan State’s Broad College of Business in 1998. 

He and his wife have two children.