Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields has joined IBM’s Board of Directors as the American automaker invests further on mobility technologies. IBM has elected Fields to join the board and his position will be effective on March 1, 2016.
“Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman, president and CEO.
Ford is currently testing its autonomous driving technologies in California roads as well as in the company’s Michigan test facility. In addition, Ford claims that they are the first automaker to test self-driving cars in adverse conditions, namely snow.
With Fields joining the IBM board, Ford says it will increase its autonomous fleet to 30 vehicles within the span of 2016.
Ford also intends to make self-driving cars more mainstream and within reach to average consumer. Moreover, connectivity is one of the top priorities of the automaker and they aim to develop autonomous cars that “communicate” with each other.
Before moving into the automotive industry, Fields started out sales and marketing after he graduated from Rutgers. He eventually studied at Harvard Business School where he holds a master’s degree in business administration.