Key management changes announced by Ford Motor Company today include the appointment of Roman Krygier, 58, as group vice president of manufacturing and quality in charge of North American production and quality.

Krygier was previously vice president of Ford's powertrain operations and will take on the considerable challenge of reducing the number of embarrassing recalls and product quality glitches the company has endured recently, including a F-150 Lightning truck problem announced only yesterday.

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The 37-year career veteran is a manufacturing man through and through, having served as a plant manager, in several management positions with body and assembly operations, and as vice president of advanced manufacturing engineering.

Ford also announced that Richard Parry-Jones, currently group vice president and chief technical officer, will relocate back to the UK to head product development and technical matters for the Premier Automotive Group, reporting to PAG head Wolfgang Reitzle.

Parry-Jones has in the past been acclaimed by the European motoring press for the excellent ride and handling of products as diverse as the Focus and Mondeo passenger car lines and the top-selling Transit commercial van.

"Our Premier Automotive Group is a critically important part of our global corporate portfolio and a major engine of growth for the future," said newly-appointed president and chief operating officer Nick Scheele, the former Jaguar boss who effectively succeeded ousted president and CEO Jac Nasser recently.

"With the additional support of Richard… Wolfgang is positioning PAG to make a real difference in the luxury segment."

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