John Davis

John Davis is global chief program engineer for the all-new Lincoln Aviator, responsible for leading development of this three-row, luxury SUV.

Davis joined the Lincoln team in 2015 to lead design of the all-new Aviator. He is also responsible for development of Lincoln’s first plug-in hybrid, the Aviator Grand Touring.

Davis is a Ford veteran with extensive experience in product development. He has been chief program engineer for Ford’s North American commercial vehicles, including the new F-650 and F-750, as well as for North American small cars, including C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi. Davis joined Ford in 1989 and has served in several key management roles, including product planning, vehicle engineering and program management for Explorer and Super Duty.

“My mission has been to ensure that our ‘quiet flight’ DNA is integrated into every element of the product,” said Davis. He went on to explain the team took a client-centric approach to the design, incorporating new ideas to elevate and enhance the experience, while emphasizing luxury and effortlessness. “Aviator is truly beauty in motion,” he said.

Davis earned his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s in engineering management from Wayne State University.

He has served on the industrial advisory board for Lawrence Technological University’s department of engineering technology since 2008 and regularly speaks at University of Michigan’s Dearborn School of Business.