Assistant Vice President - Mobility and Business Development
The Ohio State University
Carla Bailo is Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development at The Ohio State University. She is also President and CEO of ECOS Consulting, LLC, which specializes in Engineering Efficiency and Optimization as well as Electrification and Computer Operated (Autonomous) Vehicles.
Until Feb 1, 2014, she was Senior Vice President, Research & Development-Nissan Americas. In this role, she was responsible for all of Nissan’s vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico, and Brazil. She was also a member of Nissan’s MC-A, the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region.
Bailo was previously based in Japan where she served as OEM Business Unit Divisional General Manager for Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. In this multi-dimensional role she was responsible for overall operations, revenue, and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology, and intellectual property business worldwide.
Bailo joined Nissan in 1989 as a vehicle testing engineer at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In 2003, she was promoted to Director of Vehicle Program Management where she oversaw all of NTCNA’s engineering development projects, as well as cost, quality, and delivery metrics. Also in 2003, she served as the Assistant Chief Vehicle Engineer for the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Quest.
Later, Bailo was transferred to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan as Vehicle Program Director with responsibility for the profitability and product presence of Nissan’s SUV’s worldwide. She was also Recovery Program Director through the financial crisis, reporting directly to the Chief Recovery Officer, and supported measures to offset economic business plan financial risks during fiscal year 2009.
Bailo began her automotive career with General Motors’ Truck & Bus division, where she was in charge of truck durability testing and test development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.