"Everything is moving faster — data, innovation and expectations from customers. We’ve built a level of agility into our firm that allows us to help companies anticipate emerging opportunities and respond to them quickly."
Mark Schulz — Founder & Special Venture Partner
Mark is a Founder and Special Venture Partner. As an executive, Mark provides deep cross-border operational, engineering and strategic experience to companies in the transportation sector.
Prior to Fontinalis, he served as the President of International Operations for Ford Motor Company (Ford Motor). Mark’s responsibilities included running Ford Motor’s international operations (Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa) as well as running their affiliate companies globally: Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Mazda (with an annual business scope of $95 billion in revenue, 40 manufacturing plants, 170,000 employees, 4.2 million vehicles sold through 10,700 dealers). He spent 32 years at Ford Motor in a variety of executive roles, managing or setting-up operations in South America, Turkey, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa. He also served as Product Development Director of Ford Japan, Director of Corporate Strategy, Plant Manager, as well as a variety of engineering & manufacturing positions.
Mark is widely acknowledged for his negotiating and diplomatic skills. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of three of Fontinalis' portfolio companies: ParkMe, Parkmobile, SQLstream, as well as for the Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN), PACCAR Inc. (NASDAQ: PCAR) and Valparaiso University. He is a past board member of YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ: YRCW), HP Pelzer Group, the U.S.-China Business Council, the National Bureau of Asian Research and the International Advisory Board for the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Mark holds a Master of Science degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He also holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Detroit. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University.