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John Viera is the Global Director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters for Ford Motor Company, a position he has held since January 2007. Viera is responsible for developing global sustainable business plans and policies, interfacing and negotiating environmental regulations with global governmental bodies, reporting externally on the company's environmental and social performance, and leading the company's engagement and partnerships with non-government organizations (NGOs) and other key stakeholders. Prior to his appointment as Global Director, Viera held several planning, engineering, and manufacturing positions during his 32 year tenure. Highlights included leading the company efforts in the development of its first natural gas pickup truck, serving as Chief Engineer for both the company's Compact Pickups and its Full Size SUVs. Viera is an active member of the Product Development arm of the Ford African Ancestry Network (FAAN), with a focus on mentoring and counseling. Mr. Viera currently serves on the advisory board of the Graham Institute of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Michigan, is the Co-Chair of the Erb Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, and has recently served on the advisory board at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the Energy Advisory Committee at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Department of Homeland Security's Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force in Washington D.C.
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