In love with the United States, Franck Louis-Victor crossed the Atlantic last year to join the Ford group in Detroit, the city where the headquarters of the famous American car brand is located. “I’ve always loved the United States, but I’ve never lived there, explains the 49-year-old Frenchman. Arriving in Detroit, I discovered Michigan. It is a state where life is sweeter than in Paris, the inhabitants are peaceful and friendly. Detroit is a very endearing and charming city in which to walk, especially to discover its Art Deco buildings,” he notes, a few months after settling with an O1 visa, with his wife. This father of four children admits to having thought about it for a long time before accepting, but he does not hide that his attraction for the country and the challenge to be taken up ended up winning. And what a challenge!
Head of the innovation division
Franck Louis-Victor was recruited by Ford to implement the company’s new innovation policy, namely the development of soft and connected mobility. “DSince the end of 2021, I have been in charge of all of the company’s mobility as Vice-President of New Mobility. I also created the Ford Next LLC structure, of which I am the general manager. This entity is a platform dedicated to the development of new activities for the manufacturer. »
More specifically, Franck Louis-Victor leads a unit dedicated to the development of autonomous vehicles, mobility services and a start-up incubator. Ford Next LCC also holds a stake in the start-up Argo AI, which specializes in autonomous vehicles, and is developing other activities such as the recent joint venture with the American security specialist ADT.
It is not insignificant that Ford chose the Frenchman. Indeed, Franck Louis-Victor has more than twenty years of experience in the world of tech and automotive. Holder of a DEA in physical mechanics from the University of Bordeaux and a diploma in automotive design from the Swiss school Franco Sbarro, Franck Louis-Victor has notably worked for Coyote (French manufacturer of assistance systems driving). He also participated in the deployment of Wi-Fi at the Paris-Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center.
Recruited at Renault
But above all he spent several years at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. Within the Franco-Japanese alliance, he supervised the development of the connected services platform, then the implementation of innovation projects for Renault, on topics of on-board experience, artificial intelligence and smart charging solutions for electric vehicles. In short, this jack-of-all-trades engineer knows a wide range of skills in his chosen fields. “My various collaborations within Coyote, then Renault, have also given me international visibility”, he explains. We understand better why Ford went looking for it on the other side of the Atlantic given that the manufacturer does not want to miss out on the major automotive and environmental challenges of the coming years.
Since his arrival, Franck Louis-Victor admits to taking full advantage of his new host country even if it was a bit complicated at first, especially for all health insurance issues. These problems are behind him, thanks to the Ford teams who were able to help him with the administrative procedures. Today, between two meetings and regular trips to France to see his children, he and his wife keep moving. “The United States is a country that must be discovered while traveling. We try to make the most of it, he concludes. You have to understand the culture to live well”.
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Franck Louis-Victor, the Frenchman who is preparing the future of Ford – Frenchly Morning US
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