As the new president of Ricardo’s US operation, Dean Harlow will bring considerable automotive industry experience to his new role.

Before founding his own successful automotive consulting business in 2006, he spent over 20 years with General Motors in a variety of capacities, including engineering, finance, planning and corporate / business development (mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and technology licenses).

His most recent GM position was as director, global planning for GM Powertrain, where amongst other achievements he led GM’s first global hybrid programme and negotiated a major transmission deal with Ford.

Prior to GM Powertrain, he served as executive-in-charge of new business development for GM’s corporate eCommerce Group, where he developed and implemented strategic alliances with AOL, NetZero, Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds.

Harlow has significant experience in Asian markets having lived in Beijing and Shanghai, China from 1996 to 2000 and serving as GM China vice president of new business development, chief technology officer and planning director.

While there, he led a number of major strategic initiatives that contributed to GM’s leadership in that market including an innovative small car entry strategy and putting GM into the mini-vehicle business with Wuling Automotive.