Sai Yagnyamurthy - Ford Motor Company
Sai is Director of Corporate Strategy at Ford Motor Company where he leads strategy development, execution and investment thesis for future of automotive services ranging telematics, autonomous, urban mobility and digital services. He is passionate about intersection of key technologies like AI, Machine learning, Digital assistants, IoT and wireless that enable this transformation.
Previously, Sai was a Director of Corporate Strategy at Verizon. He executed strategies and led acquisitions to the tune of $10B between 2012 and 2016. These include Hughes Telematics, AoL, Edgecast, Yahoo to name a few. His vision led to creation of Media and Telematics Business Units at Verizon. Across acquisitions, Sai specializes in business model innovation, business structure set-up and integration planning that is crucial for M&A success.
His 11+ wireless product management & strategy experience spans Wireless & IoT technologies where he filed for a patent, digital services spanning M&E, Ad-tech, commerce, healthcare and fintech where he holds another patent. He helped create several Centers of excellence & R&D units covering key technologies like AI, Digital assistants, NLP, IoT platforms.
Sai participated at major industry conferences both speaker & panelist. He is on the board of Duke University’s engineering management Industry panel, a former board member of Consumer Electronic Association’s (CEA) Health and fitness technology division (HFTD) and former secretary of IIT Madras North American Alumni Association
Sai has a Master’s degree from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) and lives in Mountain view, California with his wife and daughter.