Innovation and Operations Director, Alliance Innovation Lab
Simon Hougard is currently the Innovation and Operations Director of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley. He’s working on bridging the Californian outpost with the headquarters in France and Japan to deliver innovative projects, contribute to the corporate strategy, challenge and influence the internal mindset. He’s promoting various operations around open innovation and the development of intrapreneurship initiatives. He was previously the Director of the Renault Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley and has also been acting as Product and Program Strategy Manager for this lab. Over his 14 years of automotive experience, he has been involved in many emerging and strategic domains such as Perceived Quality of vehicles, Telematics services, Electric Vehicles remote services, Eco-Driving, and Human-Machine Interface product strategy.