Carla Bailo is senior vice president, Research & Development-Nissan Americas. In this role, Bailo reports to Colin Dodge, chairman of Nissan's Management Committee-Americas (MC-A), and is responsible for all of Nissan's vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil. She is 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, Mich. 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.
Bailo is based in Farmington Hills, Mich.