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New IHS In-house Studio in Metro Detroit Now Transmitting in HD


Business information provider IHS has opened a new in-house television studio at its IHS Automotive offices in Southfield, Mich., near Detroit. The studio can transmit in High Definition or Standard Definition and can be received via the VYVX fiber network or The Switch fiber network.

IHS Automotive experts in Southfield and other locations are available for live or pre-recorded television and radio interviews with media outlets, providing independent analysis and timely commentary on most breaking automotive news, long-term analysis and covering a wide range of topics that impact the global automotive industry, including:

  • Global economic analysis as it relates to the auto industry
  • OEM product announcements, strategy and new vehicle launch activity
  • Automotive supplier trends such as M&A activity, strategy and market assessment
  • Automotive forecasting, including sales and production/manufacturing insight
  • Market developments for OEMs and suppliers throughout the supply chain
  • Trends in vehicle purchasing habits at a variety of levels
  • Automotive technology, including powertrain solutions, electric vehicles, connected vehicles, autonomous driving, infotainment and various compliance initiatives
  • Loyalty, defection and conquest patterns among consumers
  • Aftermarket and commercial vehicle intelligence
  • Digital media strategy and automotive marketing, advertising

An abbreviated directory of IHS Southfield-based analysts and their areas of expertise appears below. For additional subject matter experts, please reach out to IHS Automotive directly or visit:

IHS also has HD studios in Coulsdon, UK, Lexington, Mass., London, Singapore, and Washington, DC. For more information on IHS studio locations, please visit the IHS Newsroom website. In all, IHS has more than 2,100 experts worldwide who can discuss important topics of the day, including aerospace, defense and security, automotive, chemical, economics and country risk, energy, and technology.

To request a media interview with an IHS expert, please contact or Once confirmed, satellite and line connections are made through Boston Bureau Productions.

IHS Automotive Experts

Marc Bland, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, IHS Automotive

Marc is responsible for the development and enhancement of multicultural business opportunities at IHS Automotive. He works across the organization to ensure the broad suite of products and custom solutions address the unique marketing needs of those seeking to reach automotive communities inclusive of the African American, Asian, Hispanic, Women, Military and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender). Bland is a highly sought-after speaker on diversity topics and his thought leadership and commentary has been widely published.

Stephanie Brinley, Senior Analyst - Americas, IHS Automotive

Stephanie covers the automotive industry in North and South America for the IHS World Markets Automotive service. She is responsible for a daily update of news, events, interviews and product introduction summaries as well as special research reports and company profiles, providing context for and analysis of industry developments. She has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive sector, including a decade in automotive analysis, four years' experience in supplier-based strategic communications and as a supplier-OEM marketing liaison, and several years on the editing side of a top automotive enthusiast publication in the United States.

Charles Chesbrough, Senior Principal Economist, IHS Automotive

Charles is responsible for developing and integrating statistical models and economic scenarios into IHS worldwide global automotive forecasts. Charles also presents IHS forecasts and research to organizations, clients and media, and is often invited as a speaker or panelist at various professional seminars and international industry events. He joined IHS from a position as a senior consultant in Ford Motor Company's North American marketing strategy group. Charles has also worked for two technology start-up companies, and he began his career as a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. Charles also is an expert in market research, data mining and econometric analysis through many years as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies.

Mike Jackson, Senior Manager, Light Vehicle Production Forecast, IHS Automotive

Mike directs the North American Vehicle Production Forecasting practice at IHS Automotive. With a deep knowledge of the industry and worldwide markets, he is a global product planning and strategy expert in light vehicle sales and production, OEM product planning and manufacturing strategies. He conducts extensive executive consultation at all levels of the supply chain. With nearly 20 years of industry experience in strategic planning and market analysis, Jackson frequently presents at industry conferences throughout North America and around the world.

Jeff Jowett, Manager/Analyst, Light Vehicle Powertrain, IHS Automotive

Jeff is an IHS Analyst responsible for North and South American Powertrain production forecasting, future product program intelligence and market analysis. Prior to joining IHS Automotive, he spent 14 years at a major automotive OEM as a cylinder block and head casting process engineer, and most recently worked in the powertrain competitive analysis and strategy group.

Tom Libby, Manager, Loyalty Solutions and Industry Analysis, IHS Automotive

Tom focuses on the U.S. new and used vehicle industries. In this role, he provides data and analysis to several automotive clients, and he also provides commentary to the media. He has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and industry analysis in the U.S. new and used vehicle markets. He is active in a variety of industry organizations including the Society of Automotive Analysts.

Michael Robinet, Managing Director, Global Advisory Services, IHS Automotive

Michael's responsibilities include production forecasting, tracking future product programs, analyzing sourcing and production strategies to serve OEM/component manufacturer, supplier and government entities throughout the industry. He has been widely quoted on global automotive industry trends, and he frequently presents at global OEM and supplier conferences and symposiums. Robinet helped design the world's first contiguous database developed to forecast sales, production and sourcing linkages for the global automotive industry. He has more than two decades of experience in automotive forecasting, strategic analysis and manufacturing finance and is active in a number of industry associations and boards.

Mark Seng, Global Aftermarket Practice Leader, IHS Automotive

Mark is responsible for leading the company's global aftermarket product development strategy and is a frequent speaker at industry events including AAPEX, NCMA, and GAAS. Mr. Seng began his automotive career in 1984 and has 30 years' experience in both the North American and global aftermarket business. Prior to IHS Automotive, he held various positions in distribution, sales, international marketing and product management for Federal-Mogul. Seng also has been actively involved with industry causes throughout his career, working very closely with industry associations.

Mike Wall, Director, Automotive Analysis, IHS Automotive

Mike brings over 18 years of financial analysis, forecasting, consulting and manufacturing experience to IHS Automotive, with a primary focus on assisting automakers, suppliers and financial firms in their evaluation and understanding of the auto industry, as well as in-depth analysis of vehicle markets and trends. Mike is quoted frequently in the media on a variety of automotive topics and has delivered presentations on the outlook for the automotive industry to company executives and other interested groups, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, Austria.

For more information or to book an interview with an IHS Automotive expert, please contact the IHS media relations team at:

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