William Clay Ford Jr.
Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Directors
William Clay Ford Jr. has been a member of the company’s board of directors since 1988, and has been chairman since Jan. 1, 1999. He also serves as chairman of the board’s Finance Committee and as a member of the Sustainability Committee. He served as CEO from October 2001 to September 2006. During his time in that position, Ford took the company from a $5.5 billion loss in 2001 to three straight years of profitability. Ford joined the company in 1979 as a product-planning analyst, and held a variety of positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development, and finance. In 1983, Ford began a 12-month course of study as an Alfred P. Sloan fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As head of Business Strategy for the Ford Automotive Group in 1990, Ford helped develop guidelines for establishing low-volume manufacturing plants in emerging markets.
James P. Hackett
President and CEO
James P. Hackett, formerly a member of Ford Motor Co.’s board of directors and chairman of subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility LLC, was named to this position in May 2017. He succeeds Mark Fields, who left the company. In partnership with Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Hackett works to strengthen Ford’s automotive business, and is accelerating a strategic shift to capitalize on opportunities during a transformative period for the auto industry and in the broader mobility space. Earlier, as a member of the board of directors’ Sustainability and Innovation Committee, Hackett was actively involved with Ford’s senior leadership team in launching the Ford Smart Mobility plan. Hackett retired as CEO of office furniture manufacturer Steelcase in 2014, and served as that company’s vice chairman from 2014 to 2015. He was interim director of athletics at the University of Michigan from 2014 to 2016.
James D. Farley Jr.
Executive Vice President, Global Markets
On June 1, 2017, James D. Farley assumed responsibility for Ford’s business units: The Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. He also oversees the Lincoln Motor Co., global marketing, sales, and service, and the strategy and business model development for electrified and autonomous vehicles. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Farley previously served as executive VP and president, Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa. In that role he led Ford’s business transformation in Europe.
Joseph R. Hinrichs
Executive Vice President, President, Global Operations
Joseph R. Hinrichs is responsible for overseeing Ford’s global product development, manufacturing and labor affairs, quality, purchasing, and sustainability, environmental and safety engineering. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Since 2012, Hinrichs served as executive VP and president, The Americas, and was responsible for leading all aspects of Ford’s North American and South American business units. Earlier, he served as group vice president and president of Asia Pacific.
Executive Vice President, President, Mobility
Marcy Klevorn is responsible for Ford Smart Mobility LLC, which was formed in 2016 to accelerate the company’s plans to design, build, grow, and invest in emerging mobility services, information technology, and global data, insight, and analytics. She reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Previously, as group VP, information technology and chief information officer, Klevorn oversaw the complete transformation of the company’s IT tools and talent, to put Ford in the forefront of technology companies globally.
Executive Vice President, President, North America
Raj Nair assumed responsibility for all aspects of Ford’s North American business units on June 1, 2017. He reports to Jim Farley, executive vice president and president, global markets. Previously, he was executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer. In that role, Nair had global responsibility for the company’s design, engineering, research, and product development, and played a key role in the company’s expansion into emerging mobility offerings. He is a graduate of Kettering University.
Robert L. Shanks
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Shanks has overall responsibility for Ford’s financial operations, including the controller’s office, treasury, investor relations, and the global data and analytics team. Since Group Vice President John Casesa left the company in November 2017, Shanks is also overseeing the company’s global strategy function. He previously served as the company’s vice president and controller. Shanks was elected vice president, operations support, finance, and strategy, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group, in 2004
Executive Vice President, Product Development and Purchasing
Hau Thai-Tang has global responsibility for overseeing all aspects of Ford’s design, engineering, research, product development, and purchasing operations. He reports to Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, global operations. Thai-Tang most recently was group vice president, global purchasing, responsible for more than $100 billion in annual spending on production and non-production goods and services around the world. Thai-Tang has spent more than 25 years in product development.
Group Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Steven Armstrong leads Ford’s European and Middle East and Africa business units, executing the One Ford plan to achieve profitable growth through a focus on new products, a strong brand, and increased cost-
efficiency. He succeeds Barb Samardzich, who retired in 2017, as Ford Europe’s COO. Armstrong continues as a member of the Ford Sollers and Ford Otosan boards of directors, where he has served since Oct. 1, 2016. Before being named to his new role in June 2017, Armstrong was VP and CEO, Ford of Europe.
Group Vice President, Corporate Strategy
John Casesa is the most senior leader overseeing global strategy and corporate development as part of the company’s commitment to accelerate its One Ford plan, deliver product excellence, and drive innovation. Previously, he was senior managing director at Guggenheim Partners, where he led the firm’s automotive investment banking activities, and advised the auto industry’s leading companies and investors in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and raising capital. Casesa has a B.S. from St. John’s University.
Group Vice President, President, Asia Pacific, Chairman and CEO, Ford China
Joy Falotico has responsibility for Ford Motor Credit Co., a global financial services business that supports Ford dealers and customers, and the sale of Ford and Lincoln vehicles. She reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Previously, as COO, she led Ford Credit’s global operations in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa, as well as marketing, sales and business center, and insurance operations. Falotico was executive VP, Ford Credit marketing, sales, Americas, and strategic planning.
Executive Vice President, President North America
Peter Fleet leads all of Ford’s operations and partnerships in Asia Pacific and reports to Jim Farley, executive VP and president, global markets. He succeeds David Schoch, who retired in 2017. Fleet also serves as chairman and CEO of Ford China, leading Ford’s operations including Lincoln, the Ford China import business, Ford’s passenger car joint venture Changan Ford, and an investment with Jiangling Motors Corp. Earlier in his career, Fleet was VP, sales, Ford of Europe, and president of Ford ASEAN.
Bennie W. Fowler
Group Vice President, Quality and New Model Launch
Bennie Fowler is responsible for driving quality processes and discipline throughout the design and production of Ford vehicles. He’s also accountable for global new model launches and for ensuring alignment with product development, manufacturing, purchasing, and marketing. Prior to his quality and launch leadership role, Fowler was vice president, advanced and manufacturing engineering, chief operating officer of Jaguar Land Rover, and executive director, North American product development.
Group Vice President, Lincoln, Chief Marketing Officer
Kumar Galhotra is responsible for leading the continued transformation of Lincoln as a world-class luxury brand. Galhotra oversees all Lincoln operations globally, including product development; marketing, sales, and service; and all team members supporting the brand. He also leads the company’s marketing function. Galhotra’s focus includes shifting investments toward product categories that play to Ford’s strengths, and developing more effective brand communications including digital services, emobility, and autonomy.
Bradley M. Gayton
Group Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel
Bradley Gayton leads Ford’s litigation, tax, corporate, and intellectual property efforts. He also advises the company’s board of directors and senior management on a wide range of legal issues, and oversees the General Auditor’s Office. Gayton had been vice president and general counsel since January 2016. He was appointed group VP on June 1, 2017, adding Ford Land and Corporate Services efforts to his oversight. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Previously, he was corporate secretary and assistant general counsel.
Group Vice President, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs
Bruce Hettle is responsible for overseeing the operations of 67 assembly, stamping, and powertrain plants worldwide. He is also responsible for the company’s worldwide engineering support for stamping, vehicle, and powertrain manufacturing, as well as material planning and logistics, the Ford production system, the manufacturing business office, and labor affairs organizations. In his previous assignment as vice president, North America manufacturing, Hettle was responsible for Ford’s North America manufacturing footprint.
Ziad S. Ojakli
Group Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Reporting to Bill Ford, Ziad Ojakli leads a team that helps shape policy and legislation to promote the company’s business objectives, including areas of international trade, the environment, autonomous vehicles, mobility, driver safety, and taxation. As head of Ford’s global government relations, Ojakli directs engagement with governments in 110 markets around the world. He also oversees the company’s philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and chairs Ford’s Political Action Committee.
Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering
Appointed as the company’s top environment and safety officer on Jan. 1, 2017, Kimberly Pittel is responsible for the continued development and implementation of Ford’s global environment and safety strategy, policy and performance, and its “Blueprint for Sustainability.” Before that, she was VP, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering. Pittel also served as executive director, global supplier technical assistance, and was responsible for establishing product launch and supplier quality processes.
Vice President, Product Development, Ford of Europe
Joseph Bakaj is responsible for all product programs for Ford’s European operations. He has worked in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the U.S. Prior to this role, as VP, powertrain engineering, Bakaj oversaw worldwide engine and transmission engineering. He served as VP, global product programs, for Ford and vice president, product development, at Ford of Europe. He managed the development and launch in Europe of the 2006 Ford Galaxy and the acclaimed S-MAX model. He previously worked for Mazda Motor Co.
Vice President, Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Paul Ballew leads Ford’s global data and analytics teams. He has served as global chief data and analytics officer since December 2014, with the responsibility for establishing and growing the company’s data operations. Before joining Ford, He worked at Dun & Bradstreet, where he was responsible for the firm’s global data and analytic activities and strategic consulting. Previously, he served as senior VP for customer insight and analytics at Nationwide Insurance and was GM’s executive director for global market analysis.
Birgit A. Behrendt
Vice President, Joint Ventures, Alliances and Commercial Affairs, Ford of Europe
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Birgit Behrendt is responsible for all European joint ventures and alliances, including the development of new arrangements to support the company’s business growth. Before this, she served as vice president, global powertrain purchasing and global purchasing operations. In August 2013, Behrendt was named vice president, global programs and purchasing operations, where she had responsibility for leveraging global, regional, and local scale to improve costs and operational efficiency.
Stephen E. Biegun
Vice President, International Governmental Affairs
Stephen Biegun oversees all aspects of Ford’s international governmental relations, including trade strategy and political risk assessment. Before joining Ford, he was a national security adviser for the U.S. Senate, and provided analysis and strategic planning for the Senate’s consideration of foreign policy and defense and intelligence matters. He also worked at the White House as executive secretary of the National Security Council, and was a senior staff member in the office of former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
Vice President, Design
Moray Callum leads the design of all concept and production vehicles for the Ford and Lincoln brands worldwide. Previously, as executive director, design, The Americas, he had overall responsibility for the design of all cars and trucks created in Ford’s North and South America studios and the new Lincoln products, including the Ford Fusion, Explorer, Mustang, EcoSport, and Lincoln MKZ. From 2001 to 2006, Callum led the design transformation at Mazda that resulted in a new generation of vehicles.
Vice President, Quality and New Model Launch
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Linda Cash is responsible for driving quality processes throughout the design and production of Ford vehicles and for new model launches globally, ensuring alignment throughout the various business operations. Previously, Cash served as VP of manufacturing and director of vehicle operations at Ford of Europe. With extensive experience in lean manufacturing, she played key roles in North America, serving as plant manager of the Michigan truck assembly facility and chief engineer for final assembly.
Roeland de Waard
Vice President, Marketing, Sales, and Service, Ford of Europe
Roelant de Waard has overseen all marketing, sales, and service personnel and activities in European markets since January 2011. Starting in January 2009, as vice president of sales, Ford of Europe, he was responsible for 49 markets, including the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, and Russia. Earlier, de Waard was chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain and vice president, Europe, Ford Customer Service Division. He joined Ford Netherlands in 1990, and served as a sales manager and marketing manager.
Vice President, Labor Affairs
Bill Dirksen oversees global labor policy and negotiations covering Ford’s approximately 170,000 union employees. He’s also responsible for hourly employee health care management and the company’s collective bargaining with unions worldwide. Previously, Dirksen served as executive director, U.S. labor affairs, and played a key role in leading the company’s negotiations with the UAW. Dirksen joined Ford in 1985, and has served as the senior human resources leader at Ford Credit, in addition to other top positions.
Vice President, Global Powertrain Purchasing and Global Purchasing Operations
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Lisa Drake is responsible for all global powertrain purchasing operations and operational purchasing performance. She succeeds Birgit Behrendt, who now leads joint ventures, alliances, and commercial affairs at Ford of Europe. Drake joined purchasing in 2013 as director, global program purchasing, and was named director, global interior purchasing, in August 2016. She also held various positions in product development for nearly 20 years, including leading the F-150 product and launch team.
Vice President, Powertrain Engineering
David Filipe is responsible for worldwide powertrain engineering and reports to Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, product development and purchasing. Previously, as vehicle line director, North America trucks, large SUVs, and commercial vehicles, Felipe was responsible for the development and launch of the 2017 Super Duty pickup truck, the 2018 Ford F-150, and the 2018 Expedition. Past roles include director of global engine engineering, where he was responsible for the design and development of Ford gasoline and diesel engines.
Elena A. Ford
Vice President, Global Dealer and Consumer Experience
Elena Ford leads the company’s Global Dealer and Consumer Experience team, which is designed to accelerate the simplification and streamlining of Ford’s interaction with customers inside dealerships and at auto shows around the world. It also promotes global standards and sets best practices for planning, training, and customer interaction at both the dealer level and within the company. Ford is also responsible for the marketing, sales, and service interface to improve the company’s vehicle quality and delivery time.
Vice President, President, Changan Ford Automobile Corp., Ltd.
Nigel Harris is responsible for leading Changan Ford’s operations, which includes the manufacturing, marketing, selling, and servicing of Ford products including the Ford Focus, Escort, Mondeo, Taurus, EcoSport Kuga, and Edge. Since February 2014, Harris served as managing director and president at Ford India, and was responsible for managing and growing the unit’s integrated manufacturing operation, leading product programs in India, and growing the export business. He is based in Chongqing, China.
â€‹Vice President, Vehicle Component and System Engineering
Jim Holland has global responsibility for vehicle component and system engineering for Ford and Lincoln vehicles. His role is central to the company’s commitment to developing vehicles with top quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart technology, and value. During his more than 30 years with Ford, Holland has held various positions as car and truck vehicle line director, Ford Asia Pacific. Previously, as engineering director, Ford Asia Pacific, based in Melbourne, Australia, Holland oversaw a team of more than 1,500 employees.
â€‹Vice President, North America Manufacturing
Gary Johnson is responsible for Ford’s North America manufacturing footprint, including more than 30 manufacturing plants. He plays a key role in the company’s efforts to improve manufacturing flexibility and efficiency. Johnson also oversees Ford’s product expansion in North America and the company’s seamless conversion to global platforms. He had served as vice president of manufacturing operations for Asia Pacific since January 2010, and was responsible for 19 manufacturing facilities in 11 markets across 11 time zones.
Vice President, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity
â€‹Burt Jordan is responsible for all global commodity-related purchasing and supplier sourcing, including more than $80 billion in parts and commodities for the company’s worldwide auto operations. Previously, he was executive director, global vehicle and powertrain purchasing, with responsibility for procuring production and powertrain parts and commodities for Ford’s operations worldwide. Jordan also has experience overseeing supplier diversity development and global supply risk management. He is a graduate of Alma College.
Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service
Mark LaNeve is responsible for all marketing, sales, service, customer care, and dealer relations for the Ford and Lincoln brands. He’s focused on continuing to build the Ford brand through innovative new digital communications and transforming the retail experience. Before joining Ford, LaNeve was COO of Global Team Blue, the company’s marketing and advertising agency. He has also served as senior executive VP and CEO at Allstate Insurance, and has had leadership roles at GM and Volvo Cars of North America.
Vice President, Controller
John Lawler had been vice president and chairman and CEO of Ford China since December 2012. In that role, he oversaw Ford China’s operations and business leadership. Before that, Lawler served as the CFO for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, based in Shanghai, and was responsible for the financial strategy and analysis of the company’s operations throughout Asia Pacific and Africa. He was a finance leader with Mazda Motor Corp. Lawler earned a degree in economics from Knox College and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Vice President, U.S. Government Relations
Based in Washington, D.C., Curt Magleby engages with policymakers on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues, and oversees Ford’s federal, state, and local government affairs. He previously was director, U.S., state, and local government relations. Magleby worked as Ford’s federal legislative affairs manager in Washington, focusing on trade, tax, and technology issues. He later moved to Michigan to lead Ford’s public policy office as director of state and local government affairs. Magleby joined Ford as a financial analyst.
Vice President, Ford Motor Company Digital Services
Laura Merling is charged with developing the strategy and relationships to deliver world-class digital services worldwide, and bringing together the Ford resources that are required to deliver that strategy. Earlier, Merling had served as VP of autonomous vehicle solutions for Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a Ford subsidiary that was created to accelerate the company’s plans to design, build, grow, and invest in emerging mobility services. Merling came to Ford in 2016 after running her own consulting business.
Vice President, Marketing, Sales, and Service, Asia Pacific
Since July 1, 2017, Mark Ovenden has led the marketing, sales, and service functions across the Asia Pacific region. Ovenden had served since July 2015 as president and chief executive officer of Ford Sollers, a Ford joint venture in Russia that operates four assembly plants. During that time, he led the transformation of Ford’s operations in Russia, positively shifting the company’s vehicle mix, reducing costs, and improving the Ford brand. Ovenden was president and managing director of Ford of Russia from 2008 to 2011.
Interim Human Resources Leader
Kiersten Robinson is executive director of human resources, global markets, and has served as the company’s interim human resources leader since Nov. 1, 2017. Robinson has a wealth of global experience in HR spanning more than 25 years, including serving in Europe, Asia Pacific, and, most recently, in the Americas. As Ford’s director of human resources strategy, leadership development, and inclusion, she managed executive, leadership, and organization development, strategy development, and implementation.
Vice President, Strategy
Stuart Rowley plays a leading role in Ford’s growth strategy by accelerating the development of new business models in the company’s core and emerging business opportunities. This includes helping guide the company’s investments in new products and technologies to support a focus on innovation. Rowley had served as vice president, controller, and chief financial officer of Ford Motor Co. He had also served as CFO of Ford of Europe, and CFO and senior vice president of Volvo Car Corp. in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Vice President, Manufacturing, Asia Pacific
Bill Russo is responsible for manufacturing facilities in seven markets with the capacity to produce 2.7 million vehicles, including capacity in China of 1.4 million passenger cars, and 500,000 trucks and commercial vehicles. Prior to this appointment, he was director, global powertrain manufacturing engineering. He joined Ford in 2001 as director, vehicle operations manufacturing engineering for the Americas. Before joining Ford, he held executive positions at Walbridge Aldinger, Industrial Advisors of America, and Chrysler Corp.
Neil M. Schloss
Vice President, CFO, Mobility
Neil Schloss is responsible for the financial operations of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary formed to design, build, grow, and invest in mobility services, IT, and Global Data Insight and Analytics. He reports to Marcy Klevorn, executive vice president and president, Mobility. Previously, Schloss was treasurer and had overall responsibility for Ford’s treasury operations. He also served as CFO of Ford Smart Mobility LLC. Schloss joined Ford Motor Co. in 1982 as a financial analyst in the controller’s office at Ford Aerospace.
Vice President, Chief Brand Officer
Musa Tariq is responsible for building and differentiating the Ford brand. He works with marketing, communications, and company leaders worldwide to define and communicate the brand’s meaning to all stakeholders. Before joining Ford, Tariq was Apple’s global marketing and communication director for retail, and launched initiatives to enhance the retail experience in global Apple stores. Tariq has also been senior director of social media and community at Nike, and global head of digital marketing at Burberry.
Vice President, Global Ford Customer Service Division
Frederiek Toney works with Ford dealerships around the world. He joined Ford in 2000 and has held positions in logistics, operations, and parts and service. Most recently, he served as executive director, global material planning and logistics. Before joining Ford, Toney spent 23 years in management at Caterpillar Inc. and American Honda Motor Co. In 2012, Black Enterprise magazine named Toney one of the “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.” He has an MBA from the University of La Verne.
Vice President, Communications
Mark Truby reports to Bill Ford. He succeeds Ray Day, who is providing communications consulting services to the company until he retires. Truby leads all of the company’s global communications and public relations activities, including building the company’s reputation globally among customers, employees, dealers, suppliers, news media, communities, governments, and policymakers. He joined Ford in 2007 as director of global corporate communications. He has also served as communications director for Bill Ford.
Dr. Ken Washington
Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering, Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Ken Washington heads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy, and plays a key role in the company’s expansion into emerging mobility opportunities. Before joining Ford, Washington was VP of the Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. in California. He was responsible for leading an organization of approximately 700 scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science.
Vice President, President, Ford South America
Lyle Watters is responsible for all Ford operations in South America. Before this, he was CFO and vice president, finance and strategic planning, for Ford of Europe. He has been a member of the boards of directors of Ford Otosan and Ford Sollers since April 2012. Prior to his job in Europe, he was chief financial officer, Ford South America. Between October 2005 and September 2008, Watters was director of business strategy at Ford of Europe, and was responsible for business development and strategic planning.
Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Dale Wishnousky succeeds Linda Cash, who was promoted to vice president, quality and new model launch. He most recently served as the director of the Global Manufacturing Business Office. Earlier positions included director, manufacturing, North America truck, and director, vehicle operations, Ford of Europe, where he was responsible for the manufacturing operations of nine assembly facilities. Wishnousky has also held a number of plant manager positions including Kansas City Assembly.
Vice President, Product Development for Asia Pacific
Trevor Worthington leads Ford’s plan to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to its Asia Pacific region. Previously, as the vehicle line director for Asia Pacific, he played a key role in delivering the first wave of global products for Asia Pacific markets, along with developing Ford’s product development capability in the region. Since joining the company in 1985, Worthington has held various positions in product development and strategy. Among other assignments, he led product development in Australia for six years.
Chairman and CEO, Ford China
On Sept. 1, 2017, Jason Luo assumed overall responsibility for Ford’s operations in greater China, including Lincoln, its import business, passenger car joint venture Changan Ford, and commercial vehicle investment in Jiangling Motors Corp. He reports to Peter Fleet, group vice president and president, Asia Pacific. Before joining Ford, Luo was president and CEO of Key Safety Systems in Sterling Heights, where he led the company’s global expansion. He held several positions at KSS, and is fluent in Mandarin.
Ford Motor Co. Board of Directors
William Clay Ford Jr.
Chairman and CEO, General Motors Co.
Stephen G. Butler
Retired Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP
Kimberly A. Casiano
President, Kimberly Casiano & Associates
Anthony F. Earley, Jr.
Chairman, CEO and President, PG&E Corp.
Edsel B. Ford II
Director and Consultant
President and CEO
William W. Helman IV
General Partner, Greylock Partners
Jon M. Huntsman Jr.
Former U.S. Ambassador to China
William E. Kennard
Non-executive Chairman and Co-founder, Velocitas Partners
John C. Lechleiter, Ph. D.
Chairman, President, and CEO, Eli Lilly and Co.
Ellen R. Marram
President, The Barnegat Group LLC
John L. Thornton
Professor and Director, Global Leadership Program, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Salesforce
John S. Weinberg
Former Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
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