Hossein Nivi

Business & Management

Hossein Nivi

President & CEO


Dr. Hossein Nivi is an accomplished executive, engineer, and academic with an expertise in leadership development, lean thinking, and applied systems thinking. As an executive, he has built one of the top leadership development systems in the world, transformed Ford’s plant training model, and co-established two globally competitive universities. As an engineer and academic, he has received two Henry Ford Technology Awards, received 3 patents, and published 30 papers on work that has contributed tens of millions of dollars to Ford’s bottom line.
Hossein founded Pendaran in 2006; this company has developed a holistic approach to business transformation. Dr. Nivi was also Dean, College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy from July 2006 to August 2008. Prior to this appointment he had been the Dean of Ford Design Institute (FDI). FDI is responsible for development and delivery of all technical education and training at Ford. He was also the Director of Global Product Development and Manufacturing Leadership Programs at Ford Motor Company.