Eliane Okamura has been named chief financial officer, treasurer, and executive vice president of strategy of Ford Motor Credit Co. in Dearborn following the retirement of Brian Schaaf.
Okamura is director of automotive strategy, risk and agile finance on Ford’s Treasury team, a position she has held since March 2021. She joined the company in 1995 in Brazil as an analyst and has held a variety of financial positions in Brazil and the U.S., including treasurer of Ford South America.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and a master’s in business administration from Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (IBMEC).
“Eliane brings a global background in funding and dealer financing, as well as finance experience across Ford’s business,” says Marion Harris, CEO of Ford Credit. “Her expertise will be valuable as we transform the role of Ford Credit for our software-dominant future and as we continue to support Ford across its Model e, Blue, Next, and Ford Pro units.”
Schaaf joined Ford in 1989 and held key positions for Ford in the U.S. and U.K. including general auditor, controller, and assistant treasurer. He has been Ford Credit CFO since 2018.
“Brian has been an incredible leader, including through the extraordinary business conditions resulting from the pandemic,” says Harris. “His thoughtful approach to the business and deep industry expertise have helped us shape plans and strategies that are developing Ford Credit into a reason people choose and stay with Ford. I’m proud to have been his friend and colleague for more than 20 years.”