IAV Automotive Engineering has hired Mike Kenhard as president to lead its charge into the next era of mobility. Kenhard brings decades of experience to the role, including a comprehensive background in powertrain and vehicle development.
“As a leading engineering services firm, IAV has an impressive history of tackling a vast array of challenges facing the automotive industry and I feel privileged to join this talented company at such a pivotal time,” said Kenhard. “I am excited to see what the future holds for IAV and look forward to leading our team into the mobility landscape of tomorrow.”
As president, Kenhard is responsible for the continued business growth of IAV’s products and services in North America. He plans to continue to place a strong emphasis on IAV’s capabilities in powertrain development and embedded software, while accelerating the company’s role in the new mobility arena. Located in the heart of the U.S. auto industry and with world-class test facilities, IAV says it is positioned to support the transformation occurring in the powertrain sector as electrification takes hold.
Most recently, Kenhard was director of engineering at AVL Powertrain Engineering, overseeing all powertrain and vehicle engineering activities. Prior to taking on this position in 2016, Kenhard served as chief engineer for four years, responsible for successfully executing diesel and commercial vehicle engineering projects. He also held leadership roles at DENSO both in the U.K. and the U.S., focusing much of his time on managing complex engine systems, and was with Cosworth Technology and Ford Motor Co. earlier in his career.
Kenhard earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Kingston University in London.