RICHARD P. (“RICK”) HAAS
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mahindra Automotive North America
Rick Haas is the President and CEO of Mahindra Automotive North America. Haas has more than 35 years of automotive new product development experience in North America, South America and Asia. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1981, Haas began his career with the Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, Haas completed a series of developmental assignments, concurrently earning his MBA from the University of Michigan. He subsequently worked in Japan with Mazda and in Brazil with the Ford South America Organization before returning to the US in 2006. In 2009, Haas joined the Tesla organization as an engineering director for the Tesla Model S premium EV. Departing Silicon Valley in 2011, Haas joined Mahindra & Mahindra in India as Senior VP of Product Development before returning to Detroit in 2013 to start up what is now Mahindra Automotive North America. Haas is on the National Association of Manufacturer’s Board of Directors. He’s also a member of the Mahindra GenZe BOD and in 2018 oversaw the launch of MANA’s first North American vehicle offering, the ROXOR off-road vehicle.
Learning and improving every day, having an intense passion and focus for the industry, and fostering a climate of respect and teamwork describe Haas’ key core values. He grew up in Detroit— fascinated by the automotive industry and encouraged by an uncle who guided him into the local car culture as a pre-teen. A lifelong automotive enthusiast and hobbyist, Rick started rebuilding and restoring classic cars in the mid-1970’s and continues to enjoy this pastime today.
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