Motoring Ventures Team
Edward T. Hightower
Edward Hightower has a successful track record of creating value through product innovation, growth, and operations excellence. Prior to launching Motoring Ventures, Hightower served in several new product design and engineering, strategy, brand marketing, and senior executive roles in the hyper-competitive global automobile industry between GM, BMW, and Ford. He led GM’s $15 billion global crossovers business as executive chief engineer and vehicle line executive; served as chief engineer for Ford’s full-size SUVs; and served as BMW’s brand manager for the 5, 6, & 7 Series models in the U.S. Hightower also worked as a hands-on consultant at AlixPartners LLP. Here, he created value across various industries by fixing company operations, growing revenue, and advising on over $8 billion in M&A transactions for company owners, CEOs, and private capital investors. He has extensive experience in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Hightower authored the book Motoring Africa: Sustainable Automotive Industrialization. Building Entrepreneurs, Creating Jobs, and Driving the World’s Next Economic Miracle, published in 2018. Based on his industry experiences around the world, Motoring Africa makes the case and offers an actionable roadmap for building sustainable manufacturing businesses on the African continent.
Originally from Chicago, Hightower earned a BS in General Engineering (systems engineering + design) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, where he served as Chairman of the Ross Alumni Board of Governors.
Motoring Ventures LLC is a member of, or affiliated with, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA), Michigan Private Equity Partnership, Private Directors Association, American Council on Germany, and the Council on Foreign Relations.