MaryAnn Wright joined Group 1 as an independent director in August 2014. Since 2013, she has served as Group Vice President of Engineering & Product Development at Johnson Controls Power Solutions, the global leader in lead-acid automotive and advanced batteries. From 2009-2013, Ms. Wright served as Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Johnson Controls Power Solutions. Ms. Wright served as Vice President and General Manager for Johnson Controls Hybrid Systems business, and as CEO of Johnson Controls-Saft from 2007-2009. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Ms. Wright served as Executive Vice President Engineering, Product Development, Commercial and Program Management for Collins & Aikman Corporation.
From 1988-2005, Ms. Wright served as Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs at Ford Motor Company. Ms. Wright was the Chief Engineer of the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, the industry's first full hybrid SUV and also led the launch of Ford’s first hydrogen-powered fuel cell fleet program.
Ms. Wright also serves director on the Board of Governors at Argonne National Laboratory, the Technical Advisory Board of Fallbrook Technology Incorporated, the Foundation Board of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Board of Trustees of Lawrence Technological University, and the Advisory Board for the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute. Ms. Wright also serves as Chairman of the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC).