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Meet the Analysts

Dave Zoia
Senior Director, Content
Area of Focus: Autonomous Vehicles, Electrification, Retail and Shared Mobility.

Zoia is a veteran journalist and analyst with more than three decades’ experience covering the global auto industry. His work focuses on Autonomous Vehicles, Shared Mobility and Electrification, as well as the impacts of those industry megatrends in the automotive retail sector.


He has authored, contributed to and edited extensive reports on battery technology and the battery-electric vehicle market, autonomous vehicles, electric-vehicle charging, megatrends and the commercial-vehicle market and the transition to the digital economy and its effects on U.S. automobile dealers. Zoia also has written extensively about technology advances in sensors (cameras, radar, lidar), new-vehicle architectures and controllers and software. He serves as a juror for the Wards 10 Best Engines, Wards 10 Best Interiors and Wards 10 Best UX awards.


In more than 30 years with Wards and the Informa Tech Automotive Group, Zoia has held several top editorial positions, including Editor of Wards Automotive International, Wards Engine Update and Wards Automotive Reports. He currently oversees content for Wards Intelligence, WardsAuto and TU Automotive and various research projects.

Steve Bell
Director, Forecasting & Data Analytics
Area of Focus: Steve oversees all activities associated with the Ward’s automotive database and market trackers, global forecasting, value chain and landscape analysis. He is also lead analyst on connectivity and technology trends in the Autotech space.

Bell is an accomplished strategy and technology analyst with Informa Tech Automotive Group. His team are focused on the development of the automotive market, landscape, ecosystem and value chain. His coverage at Wards Intelligence and TU-Automotive focuses on connectivity-based technology transformation (4G, 5G, V2X, Satellite, Mobile Edge computing, AI, IoT, cybersecurity and blockchain) on vehicles, development and production and adjacent areas such as smart cities.


Previously, he was a Senior Analyst with Heavy Reading and focused on IoT in the mobile network domain specifically the growth of 4G and 5G in two verticals: Industrial IoT and connected and autonomous vehicles. For 2 years he also served as analyst in residence at TU-Auto.com providing insight on the future of this emerging industry.


Steve joined Heavy Reading in 2014 after an extensive executive career in industrial applications and then Telecoms with Motorola in Germany, the U.K., and the U.S. He is also an entrepreneur having founded two companies: one an analysis and advisory firm the other a digital city services platform focused on parking.

Christie Schweinsberg

Principal Analyst 
Area of Focus: Sustainability & The Digital Economy

Schweinsberg is a Principal Analyst at Informa Tech Automotive Group, covering the sectors of Sustainability and Digital Economy. She follows and analyzes topics pertaining to charging infrastructure and corporate sustainability goals, as well as the area of subscription-based features in vehicles. Prior to 2022, she was an analyst covering electrification for Wards Intelligence. She wrote two reports on electrification in recent years: “Putting the Charge in Electric Vehicles” (published in 2018) and Closing the Loop: Strategies Ahead for Reuse, Recycling of Li-ion BEV Batteries” (published in 2020). She explored batteries and battery-pack design in a series of projects in 2021. She is targeting an updated look at charging infrastructure in the U.S. in 2022, in light of the Biden Administration’s plan to create a nationwide, 500,000-charger network.

She oversees the Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX awards, and is also a judge for the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems, as well as a contributor to the WardsAuto website. Prior to her current position she was a senior editor for WardsAuto covering Asian automakers, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai.

Haig Stoddard
Principal Forecaster 
Area of Focus: Market Analysis and Forecasts

Haig has followed the auto industry for over three decades, starting as a reporter and editor for Ward’s Automotive Reports and transitioning to automotive market analyst. Most of his career has been spent at Wards, with stints along the way forecasting North American vehicle production at IHS, and as a vehicle market analyst at both Dana and General Motors.


Since returning to Wards, he has served as the company’s lead vehicle-market analyst, focusing on tying together demand, vehicle production and powertrain trends. He also has created and co-created several of the company’s current analytical outputs related to forecasts, plant capacities, product cycle plans, market segmentation and future vehicle propulsion reports. Currently, he supports the Wards Intelligence database and produces regularly scheduled and custom subscription-based posts tied to North America production and sales analysis and forecasts, as well as general global market analysis. He also is working on projects to help expand the company’s coverage of future trends through creating vehicle-based forecasts related to factory-installed equipment, such as ADAS and mobility.


Adam Ragozzino

Principal Analyst
Area of Focus: EV Batteries and Electric Powertrains

Ragozzino is a Principal Analyst at Informa Tech Automotive Group (Wards Intelligence, WardsAuto and TU Automotive), covering the rapid advancements in electric vehicle Batteries and Electric Powertrains. As an analyst, he looks at events and technology innovations in the industry and helps explain why they matter and what comes next. His latest project is concerned with battery technology trends, and who is winning the EV race.

Before coming to Wards Intelligence, he was the automotive analyst at a small startup company focused on helping clients see trends in the industry. Previously, he worked as an analyst in marketing, policy and healthcare.

When he’s not writing about the next battery trend, you can find him riding or skiing throughout Colorado.



Maitê Bezerra

Principal Analyst

Area of Focus: Electric/electronic vehicle architectures, automotive software development, vehicle operating systems, new revenue streams

Maitê is a Principal Analyst at Wards Intelligence, covering the automotive industry transition to the software-defined vehicle. She follows the evolution toward new electric/electronic vehicle architectures, software development frameworks, revenue streams, and how the automotive supply chain ecosystem is changing. Her latest project aims at defining the different stages of SDV adoption and tracking automakers’ efforts and strategies to update their vehicle fleets.

Maitê started her career as an academic in international business, pivoting to market research after seven years’ experience. Before joining Wards, Maite worked as an automotive and smart mobility industry analyst for ABI Research, notably covering areas such as next-generation infotainment, HMI, ADAS and autonomous driving architecture and applications, driving monitoring systems, infotainment OS and connected services monetization. She also developed new forecast models for connected vehicle subscriptions, adoption of different V2X radios in vehicles and road infrastructure, and micro-mobility. Prior to ABI Research, she worked as a research analyst for Juniper Research.



Chris Liu

Senior Analyst
Area of Focus: Vehicle electrification, including batteries, charging infrastructure and related technology with a focus on China market

Chris is a Senior Analyst at Informa Tech Automotive Group, covering China’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) market, consisting of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles, emphasizing battery technologies and the NEV ecosystem. Chris primarily researches national policies driving electric vehicle (EV) adoption and charging infrastructure deployment. His work serves two goals: catalyzing the transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs and disseminating China’s vehicle electrification lessons to the global market.

Chris began his career as a transportation analyst for Washington-based Energetics, focusing on consulting projects related to transportation electrification. He assisted electric utilities in the US to understand and prepare to adopt EVs in their service territories; his clients included the Department of Energy, suppliers, and national laboratories.Before joining Wards, Chris worked on electrification strategy for a domestic OEM in China, where he advised on strategy around batteries, EV charging, and other aspects of NEV product development. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Richmond and a Master of Environmental Management specializing in energy from Duke University.


Bob Gritzinger

Principal Analyst/Editor-in-Chief, WardsAuto.com
Area of Focus: Advanced Propulsion Technology

Bob is a Principal Analyst with over two decades of experience evaluating thousands of new vehicles and investigating the latest propulsion systems and leading-edge automotive technologies His reporting focuses on e-machines and automaker and supplier efforts to assure that internal-combustion engines remain relevant, capable, low-emission and highly efficient amid the automotive industry’s rapid transition to electrified propulsion.

As Editor-in-Chief, Gritzinger oversees content for the Informa Tech Automotive Group’s Media sites, managing a supporting staff of in-house editors and a stable of outside contributors, assigning coverage and directing copy to WardsAuto, TU-Auto and Wards Intelligence. In addition, Gritzinger is a juror for the Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems and Wards 10 Best Interiors & UX awards.

Bob joined Wards in 2015 after over a decade at the Detroit, MI-based enthusiast publication AutoWeek and as an online contributor to consumer outlets, including Forbes, AutoWeb, and BeCarChic. He tested the latest vehicles daily in those roles and travelled worldwide to cover automotive news events, global auto shows, and key vehicle evaluation programs. Before automotive journalism, he enjoyed a long career in newspaper reporting in suburban Detroit. Bob is a former auto mechanic and still enjoys working on vehicles in his spare time. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University.

Jim Irwin
Area of Focus: Developing drivetrain, electronic and other technologies, Automotive marketing and retailing, and Mobility as a service.

Irwin is a veteran journalist with extensive exposure to all aspects of the automotive industry, from engineering to retailing to new technologies including connected cars and autonomous and electric vehicles. He writes on these topics and serves as a judge in Wards annual 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems, Wards 10 Best Interiors and Wards 10 Best UX awards.


Irwin joined Wards in 2011 after nearly three decades at the Detroit bureau of The Associated Press, where he backed up the automotive-beat writers by reporting on topics including sales, production and financials. He was a newspaper reporter prior to joining the AP. Irwin holds a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University.