Christopher Thomas

Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, BorgWarner
Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers
Chris joined BorgWarner in 2010 as Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Engine Group, and added the responsibility of Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Drivetrain Group, in February 2012. He was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in July 2012 and in addition to his corporate responsibilities, he leads Corporate Advanced Engineering with facilities in Auburn Hills, Michigan; Ithaca, New York; Asheville, North Carolina; and Ludwigsburg, Germany and Ketsch, Germany. Before joining BorgWarner, Chris worked at Chrysler Group LLC as the Head of International Industrial Strategy. During his 20-year career at Chrysler, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in powertrain, including Global Program Manager, Phoenix Engine Program, and Manager, Advanced Engine Engineering. Chris holds over two dozen patents in engine design, control algorithms, thermal management, and drivetrain systems in both the United States and Europe. He was the recipient of the Walter P. Chrysler Award for patent of the year in 1995 and SAE’s Forest R. McFarland Award in 2002. He has co-authored several publications, spoken on panels, and was elected an SAE Fellow by SAE International in 2011. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester, England. He received his Master’s Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford in England. He also serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield. Christopher is married with one daughter.