Jerry Lavine is Vice President of Advanced Product Development at Magna International. Within this role, Lavine is responsible for the initial applications of new technologies and mobility programs.
Lavine has an extensive automotive program and product development background. Prior to joining Magna, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer for DURA Automotive Systems LLC, where he was responsible for global program execution to ensure cost, quality and timing requirements were achieved across the enterprise. Before this role, he was Vice President of Global Key Account Management for Henkel Corporation, where he led account strategies, collaborating with corporate groups for product planning, innovation and business planning. He also was Vice President of Engineering at Next Autoworks, a startup backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, T. Boone Pickens and others. In this position, he led the vehicle development processes and championed engineering disciplines to reduce costs and accelerate timing.
Jerry began his career at Ford Company where he spent more than 15 years progressing through the ranks of product development management. His most recent role at Ford was Chief Engineer for Full-Size Cars, North American Car and Truck Programs. In this position, he led Lean Engineering and Manufacturing activities focused on reducing waste, improving utilization rates, and raising quality performance. Prior to this role, he was Chief Engineer, Design Engineering–North American Car & Truck Programs.
Jerry earned his BSME from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his Master of Engineering from Cornell University, and his Master of Science in Management and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.