Shape Corp. Announces NEW Chief Technology Officer

Shape Corp. a global tier-one automotive supplier is strengthening its leadership team by bringing on Ed Pleet as Shape’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With more than 24 years of dynamic engineering and leadership experience within the industry, this new addition to the Shape Family will bring a wealth of experience and innovation to Shape.

“I am thrilled to bring Ed’s tremendous experience to our organization as I believe his expertise will provide us with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance our technology vision,” said Mark White president and CEO of Shape Corp. “This includes his proven ability to lead team members in development that not only advances technology but the individuals themselves.”

Pleet will oversee Shape’s global engineering functions, including advanced product development. His focus will be on advancing the company’s technology in crash management solutions and strengthening Shape’s global position in engineering through innovative product design and manufacturing. 

“I am looking forward to enabling the innovative spirit of Shape’s engineering team,” said Ed Pleet, Shape Chief Technology Officer. “Technology, such as their class-leading MonoLeg bumper, along with strengths in roll forming, complex extrusions and advanced injection molding creates great opportunities for us to develop efficient, lightweight design solutions for vehicles.”

With his previous work at Ford Motor Company, highlights of Pleet’s contributions include the development and evolution of Ford’s signature line, body exterior integration and key in the delivery of various BIW structures that included the most advanced high strength steels, complex aluminum extrusions, and advanced roll formed designs. Pleet has also been involved with a variety of other key projects within Ford including the establishment of an in-dash vehicle internet device, the Ford Applink, Emergency Assistance in India, a mechanical cable lock system, and the Mustang Mach-E innovative handle design.

“I am excited and humbled to be a part of the Shape Family,” said Pleet, “Shape has a tremendously strong and innovative workforce along with a world-class leadership team. This team, along with their expertise in crash management, roll forming, and complex extrusions allows us to be well positioned to be a key OEM partner for their vehicle structure and plastic applications with a keen focus on BEV crash management. I look forward to leveraging my years of OEM experience to help support and enable this talented group.”

About Shape Corp.

Shape Corp. is a global leader in multi-material impact energy management and lightweight body structures utilizing the very best in ultra-high-strength steel roll forming, tight tolerance aluminum extrusions and large-tonnage injection molding. Shape serves an array of industries, including automotive, office furniture, medical, agriculture and more. Founded in 1974, the company employs more than 4,500 associates. It remains a privately owned family company with 17 facilities worldwide, allowing Shape to provide service to North America, Europe and Asia.