The Road to Better
  • Accelerating our Progress: progressing towards a carbon neutral transportation system with hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Sourcing for Sustainability: ensuring a responsible supply chain
  • Greening the Grid: partnering with utilities to increase renewable energy
  • Just Transition: providing opportunities to upskill and reskill through supportive training programs

Bob Holycross
VP, Chief Sustainability, Environment, & Safety Officer

As Ford’s Vice President, Chief Sustainability, Environment and Safety Officer, Bob Holycross leads a global team responsible for developing and implementing the company’s sustainability strategy and is responsible for its global policies and performance related to the environment, human rights and product safety. He is deeply committed to Ford’s overarching purpose – building a better world where
every person is free to move and pursue their dreams – and is proud to be playing a key role in helping the company reach its ambitious goal to lead the electric vehicle revolution and achieve carbon neutrality across its vehicles, facilities and supply chain by 2050.

Prior to his current role, Bob was Ford’s Director, Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance. In this position, he was responsible for sustainable business plans and policies, environmental regulatory affairs and compliance. This included reporting on the company’s environmental and social performance, and engaging with policymakers, non-government organizations and other stakeholders.

Before that, Bob was vice president of Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental and safety regulations, as well as the development and implementation of the company’s environment and safety strategy, policy and performance in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Bob began his career at Ford in 1993 as a Ford College Graduate. Since that time, he has also held several engineering and leadership positions related to shaping and reforming regulatory protocols and compliance in support of Ford’s business plans. He has chaired several government and industry committees, testified before federal and state government bodies on environmental and energy matters, and moderated several third-party technical panels through organizations such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the U.S. Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He has also served on the boards of multiple industry trade associations and organizations advocating for renewable energy and clean transportation.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State.