Dr. John Richmond

Chief Engineer - Tata Group Technology and Innovation Office

Dr. John Richmond

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Chief Engineer – Mechanical Systems – Group Technology Office, Tata Sons Ltd
The Group Technology Office (GTO), led by Dr Gopichand Katragadda, is responsible for new technology investments for Tata Sons, and delivering innovative products and services. The GTO provides expertise in managing R&D operations leveraging cross-company synergies and acts as an evangelist for innovation across group companies.  Dr John Richmond is responsible for mechanical and energy systems within the Group Technology Office.
Prior to joining the GTO he was Head - Advanced Engineering for Tata Motors.  In this role he was responsible for development and management of the AE portfolio in both India and the UK.  The primary areas of focus during this period were: electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles; sustainable fuels; infotainment systems; autonomous vehicles; Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and fuel economy enhancement.  He also had a strong personal involvement with development of lithium ion based battery systems for in vehicle use and has presented several papers on this topic.
Prior to joining Tata Motors he spent 19 years with the Federal Mogul Group in a variety of positions including:
•    Member of the Leadership Team of the Federal Mogul Bearings Product Group responsible for setting up and running a global strategic project management office
•    Advanced Powertrain Systems – Director Technology Coordination
•    Director of Design and systems Engineering
During this period he developed a world class team in the field of application of CAE tools to the design and manufacturing processes used in the Federal Mogul Group.
John started his career with Federal Mogul with the development of a bespoke signal processing system, hardware and methodology to accurately characterise piston slap noise.  He then initiated the development and application of casting simulation technology within the group.
He has a Doctorate in Tribology from Reading University and a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradford University.  A paper published from the PhD was awarded Institute of Mechanical Engineers prize for best paper.  He is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.  His interests include web technology and software development.  For relaxation John enjoys cycling and skiing.