Ford of Europe named former BearingPoint executive Sarah-Jayne Williams as its first director for smart mobility.
Williams will focus on accelerating the launch of mobility services across Europe through innovation and collaboration especially with cities. She will also expand the automaker's existing team, Ford said in a statement.
Williams will also support Ford's global City Solutions team by working closely with European city planners, public transport agencies and communities to create solutions for the changing needs of cities and those who live in them.
Such solutions have recently included trials of a fleet of plug-in hybrid Transit delivery vans Ford has conducted with the city of London.
Williams, who is based in London, will report to Ford of Europe CEO Steven Armstrong, and to John Larsen, Ford's global head of smart mobility.
Before joining Ford, Williams spent 14 years at business consulting company BearingPoint where she was a partner in the automotive team and led the company's Connected Car Centre of Excellence.
During her time at BearingPoint, Williams worked with automakers and automotive leasing providers to design and deliver new business models, digital strategies and connected car services.