Big Three Executives: Ford Motor Co. 2020

Latest information available as of April 16, 2020. Sources: Ford, DBusiness

William Clay Ford Jr.

Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ford 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. He 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. In 2018, he led the acquisition of the iconic Michigan Central building in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood, which is being turned into a mobility campus.

James P. Hackett

President and CEO 

Hackett, formerly a member of Ford’s board of directors and chairman of subsidiary Ford Smart Mobility, LLC, was named to this position in May 2017. In partnership with Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Hackett has committed Ford to be the world’s most trusted company, designing intelligent vehicles that are connected to an increasingly intelligent world to make life better for customers, communities, and the climate. 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. He was interim director of athletics at the University of Michigan from 2014 to 2016, where he led the search for a permanent candidate to fill that post. Hackett played center on Michigan’s football team before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1977.


James D. Farley Jr.

Chief Operations Officer

Effective March 1, 2020. Farley reports to Jim Hackett. Farley leads Ford’s drive to strengthen its automotive operations and deliver a sustainable global EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) margin of at least 8 percent. He oversees all of Ford’s global markets and automotive operations including product development, purchasing, enterprise product line management, manufacturing and labor affairs, marketing, sales and service, and quality and new model launch. Farley also leads Ford smart mobility.


Steven Armstrong

President, Changan Ford

Effective Oct. 1, 2019. Armstrong is responsible for leading Changan Ford’s operations, including manufacturing, marketing, and the selling and servicing of Ford products. He reports to Ford China President and CEO Anning Chen. Prior to this, Armstrong was chairman, president, and COO of Ford of Europe. Earlier, as group vice president and president, he transformed and led Ford’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business units. Armstrong also served as chief operating officer at Volvo Cars.


Anning Chen

President and CEO, Ford China

Chen leads the company’s operations in greater China, including all import and joint venture operations, and is implementing the company’s global strategy and leading China’s future development. Chen is a 25-year auto industry veteran with extensive expertise in leading transformation, establishing alliances and joint ventures, and developing competitive products for China. He was CEO of Chery Automobile Ltd., China, as well as chairman of the board for Chery Jaguar Land Rover China.


Joy Falotico

President, The Lincoln Motor Co.; Chief Marketing Officer

Falotico is responsible for leading the continued evolution of Lincoln as a world-class luxury brand. She oversees all Lincoln operations globally, including product development, marketing, sales, and service, and all team members supporting the brand. Falotico also leads the company’s marketing function and its efforts to connect more closely with customers by identifying new opportunities to serve them. She was previously chairman and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Credit Co.


Kumar Galhotra

President, Americas and International Markets Group

In this new role as of May 1, Galhotra is responsible for the profit and loss of the business units, including a newly established commercial vehicle business unit for the U.S. and Canada. He reports to Farley. Prior to that, Galhotra was responsible for leading all aspects of Ford’s North American business. Previously, he was group vice president, Lincoln, overseeing all Lincoln operations globally, including product development; marketing, sales, and service; and all team members supporting the brand.


Marion Harris

Marion Harris

President and CEO, Ford Motor Credit Co.

Effective Nov. 1, 2019. Harris is responsible for a leading financial services provider for dealers and customers around the world in support of Ford Motor Co. sales. Prior to this, as vice president of Ford’s Mobility Business Group, he was responsible for the connected services businesses of Ford Commercial Solutions and FordPass, as well as Chariot and GoRide Health. Previously, Harris served as chief financial officer and treasurer at Ford Credit, responsible for financial planning, analysis, and accounting operations.


Mark Ovenden

President, International Markets Group

Ovenden leads the business unit that oversees nearly 100 markets, including Ford’s operations in Africa, ASEAN, Australia, India, Mexico, the Middle East, New Zealand, South Korea, and a number of emerging and distributor markets around the world. Previously, as vice president and president of Ford Middle East and Africa, Ovenden was responsible for the growth of a region that included operations in more than 70 markets. He also served as VP, marketing, sales, and service, Asia Pacific.


Stuart Rowley

President, Ford of Europe

Rowley is responsible for all operational leadership at Ford of Europe, including acceleration of the European transformation strategy. Prior to this, as VP and COO of Ford North America, Rowley was responsible for driving the redesign of the North American business to improve its overall fitness. Earlier, as VP of strategy, Rowley played a leading role in Ford’s growth strategy by accelerating the development of new business models in both the company’s core and emerging business opportunities.


Lyle Watters

President, Ford South America and International Markets Group

Watters is responsible for all Ford operations in South America, which is now part of the International Markets Group. He reports to Galhorta. 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. Previously he was director of business strategy at Ford of Europe.


Mitch Bainwol

Mitch Bainwol

Chief Government Relations Officer

Bainwol leads a global 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. He directs engagement with governments in 110 markets around the world where Ford does business. Before this, Bainwol served as president and chief executive officer for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers since 2011, where he was responsible for representing automakers.


Elena A. Ford

Chief Customer Experience Officer

Ford leads the organization responsible for creating a world-class customer experience throughout the entire ownership cycle. She works with the Ford Customer Service Division and the quality organization to more tightly connect the design and implementation of a world-class customer experience system that links the interactions between Ford and its customers worldwide. She continues to be closely integrated with the sales and marketing organization, and dealer network.


Bradley M. Gayton

Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

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 VP and general counsel since January 2016. He was appointed group VP in 2017 and added Ford Land and Corporate Services efforts to his oversight. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Previously, he had legal responsibility for NYSE and SEC compliance.


Gary Johnson

Chief Manufacturing and Labor Affairs Officer

Johnson is responsible for the operations of Ford’s worldwide assembly, stamping, and powertrain plants. He also leads the company’s global engineering support for stamping and vehicle and powertrain manufacturing, as well as Ford’s material planning and logistics, and the Ford production system, manufacturing business office, and labor affairs organizations. Johnson served as VP of North America manufacturing and was responsible for Ford’s North America manufacturing footprint.


John Lawler

Chief Executive Officer, Ford Autonomous Vehicles, LLC and Vice President, Mobility Partnerships

Lawler leads the team charged with developing and bringing to market driverless transportation services. He’s also the point person for Ford’s evolving partnerships with technology companies in the critical areas of mobility, including vehicle connectivity and autonomous vehicles. He reports to Jim Farley. Previously, Lawler served as VP of strategy, leading corporate strategy, business development, and global data insights and analytics; and facilitated the creation of Ford’s long-term strategy.


Jeff Lemmer

Chief Information Officer

Lemmer oversees Ford’s global IT business applications, architecture, data centers, engineering, and infrastructure services. He joined Ford in 1987 and has spent his entire career in IT with the company, serving in leadership positions at Ford Motor Co. and Ford Credit. He was most recently Ford’s vice president and COO of information technology, where he led the development of automotive-related applications and ran day-to-day operations. He oversaw the construction of two new data centers.


Kiersten Robinson

Chief Human Resources Officer

Robinson oversees all global people processes including talent management, workforce planning, learning and development, recruiting, diversity and inclusion, compensation and benefits, and the dealer policy board. Bill Dirksen, Ford vice president, labor affairs, also reports to her. As the senior leader and corporate officer overseeing people processes globally, Robinson ensures the development and execution of business strategies that reflect the global business environment.


Tim Stone

Tim Stone

Chief Financial Officer

Stone has overall responsibility for the company’s financial operations, including the controller’s office, treasury, and investor relations. Stone joined Ford after decades of experience in the tech industry including at Amazon, where he led financial support of several of the company’s most significant business initiatives. During that time, the company went from $150 million in revenue with fewer than 1,000 employees to $200 billion in revenue with 575,000 employees.


Hau Thai-Tang

Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer

Thai-Tang has global responsibility for overseeing all aspects of Ford’s design, engineering, research, product development, and purchasing operations. As of March 1, 2020, Thai-Tang added responsibility for enterprise product line management and connectivity. He will be the primary architect as Ford brings together vehicle architecture and software to create products, services, and great customer experiences. Thai-Tang most recently was group vice president, global purchasing.


Mark Truby

Chief Communications Officer

Truby leads Ford’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 reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Truby joined Ford in 2007 as director of global corporate communications. He has also served as communications director for Bill Ford, and as VP, communications, Ford Europe, Middle East, and Africa.


Dr. Ken Washington

Chief Technology Officer

Washington heads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans, and playing 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 700 scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D.


Jim Baumbick

Jim Baumbick

Vice President, Enterprise Product Line Management

Baumbick is responsible for global product strategy and planning, as well as leading the global product line teams that are using deep customer insights to deliver products customers really want and value, and to drive end-to-end business results. Previously, Baumbick served as executive director of global product planning and strategy, where he led the development of Ford’s flexible modular architecture approach, which is a key enabler for product development fitness.


Roelant De Waard

General Manager, Passenger Vehicles; Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe

De Waard was appointed to the general manager position on July 1, 2019. He retains responsibility for all marketing, sales, and service personnel and activities in European markets. From 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.


Moray Callum

Vice President, Design

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.


Linda Cash

Vice President, Quality and New Model Launch

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, Cash served as plant manager of the Michigan truck assembly facility, and chief engineer for final assembly for vehicle operations.


Lisa Drake

Vice President, Global Powertrain and COO North America

Drake was named COO of North America as of May 1 and will report to Galhorta. In this newly created role, Drake will bring enhanced focus to product launches, warranty reduction, and material cost improvements. She also will place a renewed emphasis on returning the North America business back to a 10-percent EBIT. She will continue as vice president of global purchasing, where she is responsible for all category management processes and procurement functions.


David Filipe

Vice President, Powertrain Engineering

Filipe is responsible for worldwide powertrain engineering and reports to Hau Thai-Tang. Previously, as vehicle line director, North America trucks, large SUVs, and commercial vehicles, Filipe 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.


Chuck GrayChuck Gray

Vice President, Vehicle Component and System Engineering

Gray’s role is central to Ford’s commitment to develop Ford and Lincoln vehicles with top quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart technology, and value for customers worldwide. He replaces Jim Holland, who retired. Previously, as director of Ford’s global core electrical team, Gray delivered a strategy to modernize the company’s vehicle connectivity, software capability, and electrical architecture. This includes leading the design of Ford’s Driver Assist technology and development team.


Bob HolycrossBob Holycross

Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering

As Ford’s top environment and safety officer, Holycross is responsible for implementing sustainability best practices throughout Ford and leading its global environment and safety strategy, policy, and performance. He has served as director, sustainability, homologation, and compliance, overseeing sustainable business plans and policies, and external relationships with regulatory bodies around the world, and reporting on the company’s environmental and social performance.


Burt Jordan

Vice President, Global Purchasing Operations

In this role, Jordan is responsible for Global Purchasing Operations, program delivery, purchasing strategy, and supply chain diversity. He reports to Hau Thai-Tang. Jordan was previously vice president of global vehicle purchasing, and prior to that, global vehicle and powertrain purchasing and supplier diversity. Earlier in his career, he was director, purchasing, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, and he oversaw purchasing operations in Australia, India, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.


Mark LaNeve

Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service

LaNeve is responsible for all marketing, sales, service, customer care, and dealer relations for the Ford and Lincoln brands. He is 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 chief marketing officer at Allstate Insurance and in leadership roles at GM and Volvo Cars.


David McClelland

Vice President, Strategy

McClelland leads corporate strategy, business development, and global data insights and analytics. He is also chairman of the Ford Motor Credit Co. board of directors. Prior to this appointment, McClelland was CEO of Ford Motor Credit Co., Ford’s global provider of financial products and services for dealers and customers. He had served as Ford Credit executive vice president of marketing and Asia Pacific, overseeing global marketing and Ford Credit’s business in China and India.


Cathy O’Callaghan

Vice President, Controller

Previously, O’Callaghan served as chief financial officer, Ford South America. In that position she was responsible for all Ford finance activities in Ford South America, including operations finance, profit analysis, treasury, tax, accounting, and internal control. Prior to working in South America, O’Callaghan held a number of key leadership positions at Ford of Europe, including finance director for product development, and controller of European manufacturing operations.


John Savona

Vice President, North American Manufacturing

Savona is responsible for Ford’s North American manufacturing footprint of more than 30 plants. Previously, as Ford’s director of global manufacturing quality, he was responsible for ensuring continuous quality improvement in the company’s worldwide manufacturing facilities. He began his career with Ford in 1989 as a security officer at the company’s Wayne assembly plant.  He has a Bachelor of Science in criminology from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan.


Frederiek Toney

Vice President, Global Ford Customer Service Division

Toney works with hundreds of Ford dealerships around the world. He joined Ford in 2000 and has held leadership 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.


Trevor Worthington

Vice President, Global Product Development Operations & Vehicle Programs

Worthington leads Ford’s global vehicle programs and is also responsible for coordinating the company’s product development resources to bring new products to market. He also has responsibility for driving competitive material costs and engineering expenses throughout the development cycle. Worthington earlier served as vice president, product development, for Asia Pacific. In that role, he spearheaded the development and introduction of key Ford nameplates.


Dale Wishnousky

Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe

Wishnousky most recently served as the director, 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 also held a number of plant manager positions including Kansas City Assembly, where he led the team to achieve significant improvements in safety.

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Ford Motor Co. Board of Directors

William Clay Ford Jr.
Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Stephen G. Butler
Retired Chairman and CEO, KPMG, LLP

Kimberly A. Casiano
President, Kimberly Casiano & Associates

Anthony F. Earley Jr.
Executive Chairman of the Board, PG&E Corp.

Edsel B. Ford II
Director and Consultant

James P. Hackett
President and CEO

William W. Helman IV
General Partner, Greylock Partners

William E. Kennard
Non-Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Velocitas Partners

John C. Lechleiter
Retired President and CEO, Eli Lilly and Co.

Beth Mooney
Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp

John L. Thornton
Chairman, Barrick Gold Corp.

John Veihmeyer
Former Chairman, KPMG International

Lynn Vojvodich
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Salesforce

John S. Weinberg
Former Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

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Big Three Management Ranks 2020

In 2008, DBusiness magazine began publishing a listing of the top auto executives at General Motors, Ford, and FCA-US. Since then, the automakers have undergone numerous executive changes and reassignments.

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