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Ford’s New CEO Leads a Team with Global Responsibilities

July 24, 2017, by Ford Motor Company - Also by this author

DEARBORN, Mich. — June 26, 2017 — On the same day Ford Motor Company announced the appointment of Jim Hackett as its new president and CEO, the manufacturer announced the ascension of three high-powered executives to new leadership positions, each of which is key to global fleet operations: Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs and Marcy Klevorn will serve as executive vice president and president of Global Markets, Global Operations and Mobility, respectively.

“We are fortunate to have three dynamic and talented leaders in Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs and Marcy Klevorn taking on greater responsibility,” said Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “Each has a track record of driving innovation, cost efficiency and delivering results around the world. They will work closely with Jim Hackett to lead Ford’s day-to-day operations, build our brand and capitalize on emerging opportunities.”

Days later, Ford announced a series of appointments designed to support its newly reorganized Global Leadership Team. The new team’s responsibilities run the gamut from product development and technological innovation to international operations.

“The leadership changes we are announcing today across our global business are important as we foster even greater teamwork, accountability and nimble decision-making,” Hackett said. “I am excited to work together with Bill Ford and such a talented and diverse group of leaders to create a more vibrant Ford that delivers value for all of our stakeholders.”

Hackett, a former member of Ford’s board of directors, joined the company as executive chairman of Ford Smart Mobility in March 2016. He was tapped to succeed the retired Mark Fields as the manufacturer’s chief executive last month. Prior to joining Ford, Hackett sharpened his innovation and leadership skills as the long-serving CEO of Steelcase, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based global office furniture company, and as the interim athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

“We’re moving from a position of strength to transform Ford for the future,” Bill Ford said. “Jim Hackett is the right CEO to lead Ford during this transformative period for the auto industry and the broader mobility space. He’s a true visionary who brings a unique, human-centered leadership approach to our culture, products and services that will unlock the potential of our people and our business.”

The company said Hackett, together with Bill Ford, will focus on three priorities:

  • Sharpen operational execution across the global business to further enhance quality, go-to-market strategy and product launch, while decisively addressing underperforming parts of the business.
  • Modernize Ford’s business, using new tools and techniques to unleash innovation, speed decision-making, and improve efficiency. This includes increasingly leveraging big data, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, 3D printing and more.
  • Transform the company 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 change over time.

The implications for Ford’s global fleet customers are profound. Fleet managers who have relied on Ford’s unmatched ability to equip and support international operations can be assured the company will continue to invest in global initiatives and continually reaffirm its position as the No. 1 choice for fleets worldwide.

“I am so excited to work with Bill Ford and the entire team to create an even more dynamic and vibrant Ford that improves people’s lives around the world and creates value for all of our stakeholders,” Hackett said. “I have developed a deep appreciation for Ford’s people, values and heritage during the past four years as part of the company and look forward to working together with everyone tied to Ford during this transformative period.”

Ford Motor Company helps global fleet managers meet their goals with world-class products, expertise and customer support. To learn more, visit FordGlobalFleet.com.

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