Preview | Future Car Podcast | Alain Visser

By Drew Wilson

Welcome back to the Future Car Podcast where this week we are greeted by Alain Visser, Founder and CEO of Lynk & Co. What Alian has created is an automobile company with a unique subscription-based membership model focused on connectivity, sharing, and sustainability. Here is what you can expect from the full episode that goes live later this week 👇

Inspiration behind Lynk & Co

The inspiration behind Lynk & Co is to create a new kind of car company that offers flexible, convenient, and affordable mobility solutions for the digital age. With cars sitting for an average of 96% of their life, Lynk & Co is offering an innovative solution.

Unique subscription-based membership models

The subscription model of Lynk & Co allows customers to pay a monthly fee for access to a car, without the hassle of ownership, maintenance, or insurance. It is beneficial because it gives customers the freedom to choose when and where they need a car, and the option to share it with others or make money from it.

Incorporating sustainability into the manufacturing of their vehicles

With some very ambitious sustainability goals, Lynk & Co is setting out to disrupt the traditional car market. Learn how their sustainability goals may bring some attention along the way.

Alain Visser | Founder and CEO of Lynk & Co

Alain Visser | Founder and CEO of Lynk & Co

Alain Visser is a man devoid of restraint when it comes to voicing an opinion or two on the status quo. Motivated in changing the way global manufacturers and dealership networks work, visionary Visser is pathing the way forward for the world’s fastest growing brand. Aiming to make mobility an accessible, viable and ultra-modern norm. Before heading up the charge to change the way the world views mobility forever at Lynk & Co, Alain served as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars, globally. Alain also worked at General Motors for eight years. His roles there included Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Opel/Vauxhall. Alain was also a Member of the Board of Adam Opel AG. Before that he spent 17 years at Ford Motor Company. Born in Belgium, Alain started his career in the automobile industry in 1986, he holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Antwerp, as well as an MBA from Duke University in North Carolina, and speaks six languages, including Italian, English, French and German.

Ed Bernardon, Vice President Strategic Automotive Initiatives – Host

Ed Bernardon, Vice President Strategic Automotive Initiatives – Host

Ed is currently VP Strategic Automotive Initiatives at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Responsibilities include strategic planning and business development in areas of design of autonomous/connected vehicles, lightweight automotive structures and interiors. He is also responsible for Future Car thought leadership which includes hosting the Future Car Podcast and development of cross divisional projects. Previously he was a founding member of VISTAGY that developed light-weight structure and automotive interior design software acquired by Siemens in 2011, he previously directed the Automation and Design Technology Group at MIT Draper Laboratory.  Ed holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue, and MBA from Butler.

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