Glenn Mercer

Glenn is a Senior Practice Expert in the Cleveland Office of McKinsey and Company. Since joining the Firm in 1985, he has primarily served clients in the automotive industry, and has been specialized wholly in that field for the last decade. As a Senior Practice Expert he helps shape the Automotive Practice's research agenda, actively maintains the Firm's external profile in the automotive arena, and assists 200-250 McKinsey teams annually with research, information, and insights into automotive topics. Glenn's automotive expertise is broad and as such includes the following industry segments: suppliers of parts and assemblies to the car companies and to the aftermarket, automotive financing and insurance firms, automotive OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), vehicle distributors and retailers (dealers), aftermarket parts and accessory retailers, and aftermarket service firms such as chains of garages shops or collision repair shops. As part of his reputation-building role, Glenn has written over 100 articles for various publications, contributed chapters to several books on the automotive industry, and has given dozens of speeches to industry audiences around the world. Prior to joining McKinsey, Glenn worked in a variety of positions at British Petroleum, after a period of government service in the Central Intelligence Agency. Glenn holds an MBA from the Tuck School, an MA in Soviet Studies from Yale, and an AB from Dartmouth College. He is married to a cellist and has four children. After working his way through a Porsche 928, Subaru WRX, Acura NSX, Subaru STi, Honda S2000, and an Acura NSX Zanardi Edition, Glenn is currently driving his highest-tech-ever wheels: a Toyota Prius! Not quite the same pickup as the others, but the speeding ticket bill has dropped off sharply...

S.M. Shahed

S.M. Shahed is currently serving as Corporate Fellow, Honeywell Turbo Technologies - a business unit of Honeywell International. Shahed has worked for 35 years in developing emissions control technology for diesel and gasoline engines. His publications in this field have received several prestigious international awards including James Clayton Award, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), Horning Memorial Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE International, Arch Colwell Award, SAE. He is a Fellow of SAE, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and IAE (Institute for the Advancement of Engineering). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation of the University of Wisconsin. His work at Honeywell involves developing and applying advanced boosting technology to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy of gasoline and diesel engines for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and equipment. As Corporate Fellow he currently serves in a technical leadership and advisory position, having stepped away from technical management responsibilities. He has served on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Texas, San Antonio. He has worked extensively in research and development at Cummins Inc., and served as a consultant to automotive companies worldwide as a part of his work at Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio. Shahed was elected and served as 2002 President of SAE International, a professional/technical society of ~90,000 engineers working on mobility technology in ~ 90 countries.