Mazda’s Sr. VP Robert Davis November 19 on maintaining the

Robert Davis, Senior Vice President, Product Development and Quality for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), will provide an overview November 19th on the company’s plans to achieve a 30-percent improvement in average fuel economy by 2015, which is part of “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom,” Mazda’s long-term vision for technology development. Components of the strategy include a new family of gasoline and diesel engines, advanced transmissions, improved aerodynamics, weight reduction, and reduced rolling resistance. Davis will also discuss the Mazda hydrogen-fueled RX-8 research vehicle.

The program, at the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street, New York, begins with a noon reception followed by lunch, Davis’s presentation and a question-and-answer session. Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for others.

Robert Davis official biography:

Robert Davis was appointed senior vice president, product development and quality for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), effective January 1, 2005. In this position, Davis is responsible for vehicle research and development, manufacturing and product quality and future product plans for North America. He reports to Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO for MNAO.

Davis formerly was senior vice president, marketing and product development, a newly created position for MNAO in June 2003. Previously, he served as vice president of MNAO product strategy and development. Prior to that, he held the title of regional general manager for MNAO’s Midwest Region. Since joining Mazda in April 1990, he has held various key management positions at MNAO Headquarters and the Southeast and Northeast Regions in sales, marketing and dealer development.

Prior to joining Mazda, Davis worked for Chrysler Motor Corporation in Atlanta, Ga., as district sales manager for the Atlanta zone.

Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Clemson University in 1985, and his MBA from Georgia State University in 1989