LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27, 2018 /CNW/ -- Faraday Future (FF) today announced the appointment of Herbert "Butch" Darrow as Vice President of Quality, based in North America. Darrow joins FF from Philips, where he led product, idea to market excellence, and product security, along with being General Manager of Philips Innovation Services.
At FF, Darrow reports directly to founder and Global CEO YT Jia. In his new role, Darrow brings nearly three decades of engineering and product quality experience with him from both automotive and tech sectors. Darrow is responsible for maintaining both internal and supplier quality, quickly implementing learnings to drive product excellence, along with streamlining quality and validation processes to ensure customer satisfaction.
"Butch's skillset perfectly complements FF's innovation-driven atmosphere, bringing together the best of tech and automotive industries to create a new species of car," said Johnson Qiang, VP of Human Resources. "Butch's role within FF is crucial as we move toward launching our first vehicle, the hyper-performance Faraday Future FF 91 ultra-luxury EV, in the first half of 2019."
Prior to his most recent role as Head of product, idea to market excellence, product security, and General Manager of Philips Innovation Services while at Philips, Darrow served within Quality and Regulatory at Philips, focusing on engineering operations quality and supplier quality. Before working at Philips, Darrow spent more than two decades at General Motors, starting in chassis systems engineering and growing through roles as a manufacturing engineer, body shop launch manager, vehicle systems engineer, and vehicle line director, eventually wrapping up his tenure as the Director of Product Quality for General Motors North America.
Darrow's various duties within General Motors took him from Michigan to Kansas City to South Korea, Thailand, China, and elsewhere around the world. His positions within Philips gave him opportunities to lead and gain experience globally, including his most recent assignment based in The Netherlands.
"FF is a truly global company, with its headquarters in California and its people coming from all over the world to bring the twin visions of the FF 91 and of a global connected ecosystem into reality," said Darrow. "I'm excited to be part of that reality with FF, and thereby to be a part of the team that gets to help redefine what smart, clean mobility should be."
Darrow joins a growing roster of strong leaders joining FF from companies like Apple, Ford, Google, Honda, General Motors, Tesla, and many others.
Darrow added: "As someone who prides himself on spurring innovation with an attention to detail and a strong focus on Quality, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to help lead FF to the next of many milestones to come."
Darrow received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Automotive/Aerospace from Cornell University in 1992; his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Controls/Dynamics from MIT in 1994; an Executive MBA from Hong Kong University in 2011; and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University also in 2011.
ABOUT FARADAY FUTURE
Faraday Future (FF) is a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company.
Established in May 2014, the company is headquartered in Los Angeles with R&D centers and offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. FF's vision is: create a shared intelligent mobility ecosystem that empowers everyone to move, connect, breathe and live freely.
The 1,000+ "Futurists" at FF bring experience from best-in-class companies spanning the consumer electronics, auto, Internet, and energy industries. With over 4 years of R&D development, the FF team has achieved milestones with unprecedented speed, including having successfully turned the original FF 91 concept into a production ready vehicle in approximately 2.5 years.
FF has brought to life three product revolutions - an "all-in-one" car, a third internet living space, and a super car-robot. The company has developed six technological revolutions, including vehicle platform, computing platform, autonomous driving, powertrain, Internet, and AI.