Ian Simmons has served as Vice President Business Development, Corporate Engineering and R&D since 2012. In this role Simmons is responsible for validating innovation opportunities for Magna along with developing cooperative relationships with customers as well as coporate venture groups, government agencies, educational communities and other research institutions. He also manages outside investment in partner technology companies to commercialize inventions for the Magna product groups.
Simmons, who has worked in the automotove industry for more than 35 years, began his career in 1976 with student training at the Ford Motor Company in the U.K. Upon leaving Ford in 1982 he undertook engineering assignments in Europe with Volkswagen and DAF Trucks. He took an executive assignment in the US in 1993 and subsequently worked for Porsche Engineering, joining Magna in 2003.