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US: Ford outlines raft of management changes

By Simon Warburton | 7 November 2014

Ford has outlined further details of its leadership reshuffle today (7 November) that saw Jim Farley appointed EVP and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, with present incumbent, Stephen Odell, becoming EVP global marketing, sales and service.

"We are excited to see Jim and Stephen take on these new roles as they bring skills, experience and fresh perspectives to these critical positions," said Ford president and CEO, Mark Fields.

"These moves also underscore our commitment to develop our senior leaders through deep experience within both our business units and our global skill teams."

In his new role, Farley will be responsible for continuing to lead Ford's transformation in Europe, executing the One Ford plan to achieve profitable growth through a focus on new products and increased cost efficiency.  The move is subject to immigration approval.

"Jim has done an excellent job improving our brand image around the world," said Fields. "Jim's commitment and passion for building the Ford and Lincoln brands have enabled us to connect with customers in new and innovative ways.

"He will have an opportunity to apply that same passion to build on the success of our products today in Europe and grow our business in the Middle East and Africa regions."
 
In his new role leading the company's marketing, sales and service organisation, Odell will be focused on continuing to build the Ford and Lincoln brands globally through new digital communications and changing the retail experience for customers. 

"Under Stephen's leadership, our European transformation plan is well under way, and we are poised to profitably grow as the region emerges from a long downturn," said Fields.

"Stephen also was instrumental in turning around Volvo and Mazda by reinvigorating their product lines, improving their brands and addressing cost and capacity issues. He brings a wealth of global experience in marketing, sales and service to his new assignment."   
 
Ford also announced Nick Smither, group vice president and chief information officer, has elected to retire after more than 34 years at Ford.

Succeeding Smither will be Marcy Klevorn, who is elected a Ford Motor Company officer and named vice president and chief information officer.
 
 Klevorn, 55, will oversee the information technology services and strategy for all of the company's operations globally. She has spent her 31-year career in information technology with Ford, serving in a variety of positions in The Americas, Ford of Europe and Ford Credit.
 
She is currently responsible for developing and driving information technology's global strategy, security, governance, operating model and supplier management globally, as well as emerging technologies.

 Robert Brown, vice president, sustainability, environment & safety engineering, has also elected to retire after more than 35 years at Ford. Succeeding Brown will be Kim Pittel, who is elected a Ford Motor Company officer and named vice president, sustainability, environment & safety engineering.
 
Pittel, currently executive director, global supplier technical assistance, will succeed Brown and serve as the company's top environment and safety officer. She will report to Fields.
 
In her new role, Pittel, 55, will be responsible for the continued development and implementation of the company's global environment and safety strategy, policy and performance and Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability.
 
During her 29-year career at Ford, Pittel has served in a variety of positions in manufacturing, product development, quality and purchasing.