Driving the Future: How Technology is Transforming Automotive Manufacturing
  • Optimizing manufacturing through purposeful integration of technology and people: connecting to our mission, purpose, and transformation to an all-electric future.
  • Discussing the development of holistic approaches in sites converting with new product launches as well as sites in steady state.
  • Reviewing cycles for identifying, prioritizing, and resourcing innovation and technology development: From R&D to partnerships, proof of concept and pilots, and finally to deployment and replication
  • Aligning a suite of technologies with the priorities for the business and the individual sites
  • Sharing examples of smart automation, autonomous material delivery, and artificial intelligence along with challenges and learnings
  • Investing in our current and future workforce talent to provide the skills, tools and technology to support our customers and business:  How our Technical Learning University plays a significant role
  • Recognizing the importance of bringing people along the technology journey: Communicating the vision of the Factory of the Future to promote engagement and cross-functional collaboration

Kelly DiPucchio
Former VP of Global Manufacturing Engineering
General Motors

Over the course of her 34-year career at General Motors, Kelly DiPucchio’s leadership skills and hands-on approach in manufacturing environments differentiated her expertise. In her last role as Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering, she led 5000 global team members designing and installing tooling and processes across the global footprint for all new vehicles and propulsion systems including batteries and electric drive units. In addition to executing new product launches, her team implemented automation, device level analytics and AI to improve manufacturing quality, efficiency and cybersecurity. She has extensive background in new product development and global program management and is recognized for cross-functional collaboration and innovation. Key roles include Manufacturing Operations Executive Director leading ten plants in the U.S. and Mexico, Executive Director Global Manufacturing Program Management, Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer for the global portfolio of midsize vehicles, and Director, Body Engineering, where her team designed and engineered vehicle body closures, including the innovative multi-pro tailgate.

Throughout her career, DiPucchio has had a commitment to mentoring the next generation of engineers and encouraging women to drive for success – especially in a manufacturing environment. DiPucchio earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.