John Waraniak has been in the aerospace, automotive, racing and performance industries for over 25 years with rich systems engineering experience, innovative technology insights and frontline lessons for competing and winning in today’s Automotive 4.0 transformation. John has been Vice President of Vehicle Technology at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) since May 2006. In this role, he helps leading automotive and performance aftermarket companies integrate their products with the latest advanced vehicle technologies and capitalize on new business and product development opportunities.
He is an acknowledged leader and advocate for automaker-aftermarket-technology innovation and collaboration for advancing safety performance, connected, assisted and automated driving, new mobility solutions, generative design and systems engineering management. He has held executive management positions at General Motors, Hughes Aircraft, Northrop and is a co-chair and founding member of the SAE Connect2Car Executive Leadership Committee. Born and raised in the Motor City of Detroit, John is an avid auto industry and motocross enthusiast. He is graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois and Caltech’s Executive Engineering Management Program.