Jeffrey Nichols

Global Vice President

Ricardo Strategic Consulting, North America

In his role as Global Vice President of Ricardo Strategic Consulting, Jeff leads activities surrounding emerging and disruptive technologies as well as strategic investor support. Jeff works with numerous fortune 500 companies, investment banks, private equity and technology incubators that are driving transformational growth in both strategic investments and the advancement of innovative technologies that are driving improved valuations and positioning organizations to prepare for disruption and emergence of new technologies.

Jeff is an accomplished senior executive having worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years bringing extensive international business, operations, and advanced technology knowledge through his background in automotive OEM, Tier 1, and private equity interfaces.

Previously, Jeff served as Executive Director of Advanced Technology Integration and Global Business Development for American Axle & Manufacturing.  In his role Jeff was responsible for leading innovation and advanced R&D initiatives to accelerate technologies in electrified propulsion, advanced manufacturing, and lightweight material technologies with aligned responsibilities in corporate strategy.  Jeff also served in progressive leadership roles with Magna International and technical and strategic advisory roles with leading institutional entities such as LIFT, Nine Sigma, Oak Ridge National Laboratories in several advanced engineering initiatives and strategic capacities.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and MBA.

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