Scott Griffith, MBA ’90
Transportation Pioneer and Former Zipcar CEO
Scott is an experienced public-company CEO, investor, founder, board chair & advisor. He was most recently CEO of Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Businesses at Ford Motor Company.
Prior to Ford, Scott was an Executive in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a top-tier venture and growth capital firm based in Cambridge, MA. He was an active Chairman at two growth stage portfolio companies Envoy Global, Inc and TrueMotion, Inc. (where he is a co-founder). Scott stepped down from his two Chairman roles in 2021 when GC realized very successful exits from both Envoy and TrueMotion.
Griffith served as Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Zipcar, Inc from 2003-2013, solidifying the company as the world’s leading car sharing network. In 2003 Scott took the helm of a troubled, underfunded start up and proceeded to re-position the brand, re-set the business model and bring in a new leadership team. Scott raised several venture rounds from top-tier venture capital firms (Benchmark and Greylock) and built the company organically and through several M&A transactions in the US and Europe. Scott recruited a very strong leadership team and board of directors and took the company public. He later negotiated the sale of Zipcar to Avis Budget Group. Zipcar was recognized on the cover of both Inc. & Fortune – the Fortune cover dubbed Zipcar as the “Best New Idea in Business”.
Griffith has been recognized as one of BusinessWeek’s “Best Leaders”, and as one of Huffington Post’s “Game-Changers in Transportation”, and as Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “Social Entrepreneur CEO of the Year”. He has appeared many times on CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg TV, speaking on topics including: leadership, developing high-performance company cultures, venture and growth capital, strategic M&A, the future of transportation, electric vehicles, assisted/self-driving technology and transportation policy.
Earlier in his career, Scott spent several years advising executives at Fortune 500 companies as a strategy consultant at leading business strategy firm, The Parthenon Group and prior to business school Scott held several executive roles at both The Boeing Company and Hughes Electronics.
Scott holds a BS in engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Scott is an active alum at Chicago Booth, including long-standing membership on the Advisory Council for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The University of Chicago.