Tower Automotive, a supplier of body and lower vehicle structures, suspension components and modules, said on Tuesday that Kathleen Ligocki, a top executive at Ford, had been named to take over as its new president and chief executive, Reuters reported.


Ligocki, vice president of Ford’s customer service division and a former chief executive of Ford of Mexico, replaces Dugald Campell, who is retiring, Tower said in a statement cited by the news agency.


According to Reuters, Ligocki, 46, was an appointee of former Ford CEO Jacques Nasser who was ousted amid a mounting financial crisis at Ford in October 2001.


Separately, Ford announced the appointment of Francisco “Cisco” Codina as vice president of its customer service division, effective immediately, to succeed Ligocki.


Codina joined Ford in 1977 in the customer service division as a parts and service representative in New Orleans. He held several leadership positions for 15 years at FCSD before moving to Lincoln-Mercury marketing. He has also worked in two international assignments – as president of Ford Argentina and in marketing and sales in Ford of Mexico.


He most recently was general marketing manager of Ford Division, a position he has held since March 2001.