Lear Corp. announced that Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.
Currently, Dr. Jepsen is executive director of engineering at Facebook Inc. and head of display technologies at Oculus, where she leads advanced consumer electronics, opto-electronic and display design and manufacturing efforts.
Previously, she had a similar role at Google Inc. and Google X. She also co-founded One Laptop per Child, and was the lead architect of the $100 laptop, millions of which were shipped to children in the developing world. Dr. Jepsen is one of the world’s foremost display innovators, with an exceptional track record of leadership and inventions, paralleled by years of working with Asia’s largest manufacturers. She is the principal inventor on approximately 100 patents.
She has been globally recognized with dozens of prestigious awards including TIME magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, a CNN Top 10 Thinker and by the leading global professional societies in optics, display and electronics. She has broad advisory experience in Peru, China, Uruguay, Taiwan, Brazil and the United States, as well as at the United Nations.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mary Lou to Lear’s board of directors. She has outstanding educational credentials, is a proven technology leader and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in virtual reality applications,” said Henry D.G. Wallace, Lear’s non-executive chairman. “We are very fortunate to welcome someone of Mary Lou’s reputation for innovation and leadership to our board.”
Jepsen holds a doctorate degree from Brown University in Optical Sciences, a Master of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Visual Studies and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Brown University.