FordDirect Adds Director of Purchasing


DEARBORN — FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and its franchise dealers, has named Jeff Forrester as director of purchasing, a position within the newly created department at FordDirect.

In his role, Forrester will be primarily responsible for vendor management and contracts, working with internal teams to achieve cost reductions, quality maintenance, policy compliance and risk mitigation while driving business objectives.

Forrester has automotive experience, having worked for both automotive suppliers and OEMs, including Ford. Prior to joining FordDirect, he was a senior buyer at General Motors where he was responsible for the procurement of commodities, including technology and telecommunications.

In addition to his automotive experience, Forrester has strategic and tactical experience in vendor risk management, contract negotiations, business process outsourcing, insourcing, contract management, and process reform. 

Forrester holds a juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Southern Illinois University.