Kanu C. (KC) Mehta – President, KC Mehta Consulting, LLC
Mr. Mehta utilizes his extensive automotive industry experience in corporate strategy, business partnerships, material cost management, and product processes and development, as well as his skills as a strategic thinker. Mehta has a keen ability to create new initiatives in technical and international assignments.
His 40-year storied career in Automotive includes 23 years with Chrysler, 8 with Ford and 6 years of consulting with Tata Technologies and 3 years of consulting with Michigan Economic Development Corporation. After working on several advanced vehicles at Ford’s Body and Chassis Engineering group in Dearborn, Mr. Mehta joined Chrysler in Highland Park, initially in Body Engineering. He then held a senior position in advance product development at Chrysler’s Liberty Project, where he honed his skills in advance product creation, material, and other cost savings.
In 1993, he moved to Chrysler’s International Operations as an executive, where he developed new corporate relationships with companies in Asia Pacific, especially India, to assess the market feasibility of Chrysler’s products for sale. Mr. Mehta developed a wide network of Auto Industry contacts in India by closely working with Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Hinduja group, Maruti, Hero Motors, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
By 1998, Mr. Mehta returned to Chrysler’s Advance Vehicle Engineering, in Auburn Hills, serving as key liaison for his company’s advanced vehicle engineering work with Design Office and the Platform Engineering. In 2004, he assessed the potential for profitable long-term participation in the Indian auto industry for DaimlerChrysler. Later, assignments for the German-U.S. automaker included a significant electric vehicle business study, a material cost management study resulting in a $6 billion gross cost reduction over 5-years and development of a Chrysler’s recovery and transformation plan.
Mr. Mehta was Senior Consultant to Tata Technologies for 8 years - from 2007 to 2015 where he was instrumental in the development of Passenger Electric Mobility Concept vehicles called eMO1 and eMO2
Mr. Mehta holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Design from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Walchand College, Sangli, India.
Since 2015, Mr. Mehta has been a full-time care partner for his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease.