Ford announces global leadership team appointments
Ford Motor Company announced senior leadership appointments around the world, completing the newly reorganized team led by President and CEO Jim Hackett.
Hackett was announced as President and CEO on May 22, 2017, by Executive Chairman Bill Ford. The two leaders emphasized three priorities:
- Sharpening operational execution across the global business while decisively addressing underperforming parts of the business
- Modernizing Ford’s business, using new tools and techniques to unleash innovation, speed decision making, improve efficiency and more
- Transforming to meet future challenges, ensuring the company has the right culture, talent, strategic processes and nimbleness to succeed as society’s needs and consumer behavior changes over time
Reporting to Jim Farley, Executive Vice President and President, Global Markets, new appointments and changes include:
- Raj Nair was named Executive Vice President and President, North America, succeeding Joe Hinrichs. Nair, 52, previously served as Executive Vice President, Product Development, and Chief Technical Officer, leading the company’s global Product Development operations and playing a key role in the company’s mobility efforts. His new appointment is effective June 1, 2017.
- Peter Fleet was named Group Vice President and President, Asia Pacific, succeeding Dave Schoch. Fleet, 50, will lead all Ford’s operations and partnerships in Asia Pacific. As chairman and CEO of Ford China, he also will lead Ford’s operations in China—including Lincoln, the Ford China import business as well as Ford’s passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford, and investment with Jiangling Motors Corporation. His appointment is effective July 1. Fleet previously served as Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service, Asia Pacific.
- Sherif Marakby was appointed to a newly created position of Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, effective June 12. He was elected a corporate officer. Marakby, 51, has worked at Ford for more than 25 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions in Product Development in North America and Europe. He has extensive background in electrification, having led the team to deliver a battery electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles.
New appointments reporting to Marcy Klevorn, Executive Vice President and President, Mobility include:
- Neil Schloss was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial officer, Mobility, effective Aug. 1. Schloss, 58, previously served as Vice President and Treasurer for Ford, and Chief Financial Officer of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary formed to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services.
The following leadership changes were also announced:
- Ken Washington was appointed Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering, and Chief Technology Officer, effective June 1, reporting to Jim Hackett. Washington, 56, previously served as Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering, leading Ford’s worldwide research organizations, and overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy. He will add Chief Technical Officer responsibilities in this expanded role.