Motoring Ventures is an investment, growth, strategy, and operations advisory firm focused on driving value + impact in automotive and manufacturing businesses around the world. We have extensive operating experience throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
We invest in healthy or underperforming companies and carve-outs of businesses and brands. Our focus is on automotive and other complex engineering and manufacturing businesses. We build sustainably profitable companies that have a positive impact on the local community and environment.
Our hands-on advisory services drive your business to reach its full potential – strategy, new product design and engineering, brand building, customers and segmentation, manufacturing and operations efficiency, revenue growth, cost optimization, emerging market entry, sustainable industrialization, interim leadership, and M&A.
If you stand on any busy street corner in America for 60-seconds, you will see at least one of the automobiles which Edward Hightower had a leading role in creating and bringing to market. The iconic BMW 6 Series, Lincoln Navigator, Buick Enclave, and new Chevy Blazer are a few examples. Hightower is an accomplished global automotive engineering and business executive, entrepreneur, and author. He is managing director of Motoring Ventures LLC, an investment, growth, strategy, and operations advisory firm focused on driving value + impact in automotive and manufacturing businesses around the world. Hightower serves on the boards of directors of Tempel Steel – a global manufacturer of precision components for electric motors; and HEVO Power – a designer, developer, and manufacturer of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles. He is also an advisor to the board, CEO, and leadership of Kiira Motors – a manufacturer of electric city busses, based in Uganda, East Africa.
Previously, Hightower served in several new-product design and engineering, strategy, brand marketing, and senior executive roles between Ford, BMW, and GM; including leading GM’s $15 billion global crossovers business as the executive chief engineer and vehicle line executive. He also worked as a consultant at AlixPartners, LLP; fixing business operations, growing revenue, and advising on over $8.4 billion in M&A transactions for client company owners, CEOs, and private equity 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 in China, India, South Korea, Mexico, and Brazil, Motoring Africa makes the case and offers an actionable roadmap for building sustainable manufacturing businesses in six of the 54 countries in Africa.
Originally from Chicago, Hightower earned a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business; where he serves on the Ross School Advisory Board and chaired the Ross Alumni Board of Governors. He is a lifetime member of both Kappa Alpha Psi and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also advises businesses in West Africa as part of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed) consultant program. Hightower is a 5th degree Black Belt and certified Sensei instructor of Isshinryu karate. He and his family live in metro Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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