One of the most popular categories of the Tech CARS Award is for a visionary, celebrity, analyst or leader. whom we give the title of “Best Connected Car, New Mobility or Tech Celebrity, Analyst, Leader or Spokeswoman.: Past winners include Connected Car Expo/AutoMobility LA’s Andy Gryc and Strategy Analytics’ analyst Roger Lanctot. This year all our nominees are women who contribute greatly to connected car cyber security, education information and the startup ecosystem. All of these women work hard to create an atmosphere to foster growth, education and stability in the connected car ecosystem.
Here are the nominees with short bios in alphabetical order.
Faye Francy, Auto-ISAC
Faye Francy is the Executive Director Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC). In the position, she serves the global automotive industry through the analysis and sharing of trusted and timely cyber threat information about existing or potential cyber-related threats and vulnerabilities for on-road vehicle electronics and associated networks. The ED is actively engaged with private-sector stakeholders, partners and government agencies to facilitate information sharing and strengthen the industry’s capability and capacity to detect, prevent, respond to, and mitigate disruptions related to the connected vehicle and supporting infrastructure. The responsibilities include developing, maintaining and executing a Strategic Plan that outlines strategic and operational priorities for the automotive industry. Build and maintains key relationships with Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Systems Officers (CISOs), Product Development leadership, and other executives across the automotive industry responsible for securing vehicles and connected infrastructure. The Auto-ISAC is a non-profit organization operating in Washington, D.C.
Previously Ms. Francy was the Aviation ISAC Executive Director while she was working for the Boeing Company. Ms. Francy held numerous leadership positions at Boeing, including Cyber ONE Leader, Director Enterprise Technologies for Networked Systems, Director of Phantom Works Network Centric Thrust and Director of Engineering for Air Traffic Management.
Ms. Francy owned and operating two small businesses and held positions as a forensic chemist at Maryland State Police, Monroe and West Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Departments. Ms. Francy has a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Towson State University and a Master Degree in Forensic Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh. Faye is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow, former Research Advisory Board member for Embry Riddle, and DC Analyst’s Roundtable Membership Chair.
Liz Kerton -Autotech Council
Liz Kerton, one of the Silicon Valley’s most influential women according to the San Jose Business Journal, is a marketing executive with a 20-year entrepreneurial history focused on next generation technology and communications businesses. In 2001, Liz’ consulting company, Kerton Group launched the Telecom Council – a community of communications executives including 60 global telcos who are focused on innovation. In 2011, she founded the Autotech Council – a community of automotive executives including 20 carmakers who are focused on innovation in mobility.
In her work with the Autotech Council, auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors meet monthly to review visionary entrepreneurs and discover innovation, build partnerships, support startups – for the purpose of improving mobility. Over the past 5 years, the Autotech Council has reviewed over 500 mobility startups and been instrumental in helping dozens of them raise funding, get to market, and put technology and business partnerships in place.
Annie Reddaway TU-Automotive
Annie Reddaway is the Senior Project Director at TU-Automotive in London England. She lead TU-Automotive’s research into connected car and new mobility solutions, including car sharing, smart cities, ITS, and the implication of emerging disruptors on the automotive industry. She is the person manages TU-Automotive’s cybersecurity portfolio. She managed to run a number of high-profile B2B events in the automotive technology sector, including TU-Automotive Detroit, a huge trade show with multiple speakers and exhibitors.
Reddaway personally oversees events and speaks to analysts and exhibitors. She works for months even years to put events together.
Nominees are welcome to send your photos, bios or CV or add any additional information to add to this article.