When Don Butler, former vice president of global strategic development at Cadillac, made the decision to step down from his position in August of last year, we were a little surprised. Butler, who had been with the company for almost 30 years, cited his resignation as a “personal decision”, and it wasn’t clear where (or whether) Butler would find future employment, until now.
That’s because Butler, 50, has been named Executive Director of Connected Vehicles and Services, effective immediately.
“Not only does Don understand the connected car landscape, but probably just as important, he understands customer expectations”, said Raj Nair, Ford global product development chief, in a statement. “Having a leader with technology experience both inside and outside the industry is a rare combination — we’re excited to have Don join our team.”
Butler will be responsible for Ford’s global connectivity strategy, and his organization will work closely with Ford’s newly-created Global Digital Marketing group.