Dante Crockett is Chief Engineer, Features Systems Engineering which is an executive engineering role within Product Development at Ford Motor Company. Dante established and is leading a global and growing team of 700+ engineers to drive Ford’s delivery of new features for Ford & Lincoln vehicles including industry-first features on upcoming major vehicle launches. His global team includes engineers in Germany, the UK, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey and the US. Dante and his team are responsible for the features systems engineering for key company features such as Pro Power Onboard, Mega Power Frunk, Intelligent Backup Power, and many more. Dante is a key subject matter expert on applying systems engineering techniques to deliver differentiating customer experiences and driving his team to apply increasing Agile techniques to the work.
Previously, Dante has held multiple roles of increasing leadership in delivery of new electrical technology and features on multiple programs, developing & managing electrical architecture and systems engineering processes, methods, & tools, and leading functional organizations to Best-In-Class quality performance on multiple occasions. Over his 25+ year career, Dante has worked with electronics, reception technology, and wiring suppliers on high volume and niche high content vehicle lines.
Dante has served as president of Ford’s African Ancestry Network (FAAN) employee resource group since 2019. His work on skills enrichment and organizational engagement has contributed to a significant increase in the number of FAAN engineers moving to higher leadership levels. Dante was also a 2019 recipient of the Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence award
Dante has led the Ford National Society of Black Engineers(NSBE) team to be a three-time winner of the highest award for corporate engagement due to hiring approximately 200 students over several years and driving hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment in STEM pipeline programs.