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Automotive Suppliers Pivot Into The Future: The Case Of Bosal

How can automotive suppliers identify and take advantage of new business opportunities – especially those related to electrification and the energy transition? In this session, we will learn about Bosal, a T1 automotive supplier company pivoting to expand its portfolio of products in the energy space. What does it take to do this successfully? If you are an automotive supplier or a company in the energy and mobility sector, don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from Cedric Ballarin, Bosal’s Executive VP of Energy, about the company’s approach to transform itself capitalizing on its strengths and innovation potential to launch new functionalities onto new promising markets. This event is brought to you as part of the Chihuahua Charging Forward project. WDI is collaborating with the Secretaría de Innovación y Desarrollo Económico (SIDE), Frente Norte and Instituto de Innovación y Competitividad (I2C) of the State of Chihuahua in Mexico to help cement their position as a leader in the transition to e-mobility. This project includes initiatives to help connect industry leaders with opportunities related to the EV value chain, document e-mobility innovations by local companies, and prepare the talent pipeline for EVs in Chihuahua via collaborations with key stakeholders based in Michigan and in select low and middle-income countries.

Cedric Ballarin, BOSAL

Cedric Ballarin is the Executive Vice-President in charge of the Energy Division at BOSAL. Accompanying the transition of the Energy sector towards a carbon neutral footprint, he is responsible for the sales, development, industrialization of heat exchangers for stationary fuel cell and electrolyzer applications and ultimately for the P&L of his Division. Previously Cedric spent most of his career at Forvia, a premium tier-1 global automotive supplier, in various Executive positions including the presidency of FNK North America, a joint-venture between Forvia and Japanese group NHK Spring Co. Ltd. Known for his commitment to excellence, strong analytical approach, and drive, Cedric has served in several high profile management positions throughout his 30+ year career history including extensive international assignments in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the United States. His education includes a Masters Degree in Business Management and Finance from SKEMA, one of the top 10 business schools in France. A native of France, he is fluent in three languages (French, English, and German) and has conversational skills in Spanish. Cedric was elected in 2013 President of the French American Chamber of Commerce – Michigan Chapter, contributing to the promotion of trade and bi-lateral relations between France and the United States of America. In 2023, he was appointed by the President of the French Republic as Honorary Consul of France in Michigan. Cedric is a guest lecturer at Oakland University’s MBA program, Eastern Michigan and North Carolina State University. Cedric is a devoted husband and father of two girls (Axelle, 18 and Ainsley, 15).

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Location: Virtual

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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