President and CEO
Center for Automotive Research
Carla Bailo is the President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under Carla’s leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and unbiased information regarding the North American automotive industry. With Carla’s oversight CAR is able to offer a comprehensive perspective on all the relevant aspects of current or proposed actions that may impact the automotive industry, and is a recognized resource for the North American automotive industry, providing assistance, improving its technological competitiveness, and maximizing the economic impact to the U.S. economy. In addition to her role at CAR, Carla is the 2016-2018 vice president of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.
Prior to joining CAR, Carla was most recently the assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at The Ohio State University. In that capacity, she assisted the University in accelerating sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. She also helped coordinate Ohio State’s involvement as the primary research partner for Smart Columbus, a $140 million program to transform central Ohio into a premier transportation innovation region.
Carla has 25 years of experience at Nissan North America, Inc., where in her most recent role at Nissan she served as senior vice president of research and development. She was responsible for vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil, managing a $500 million budget and 2,500 employees. In this role, she improved the efficiency of Nissan’s R&D functions.
Carla has a MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.