Ford hires Doug Field, a top executive from Apple

Doug Field, former vice president of special projects at Apple, has accepted a key position at Ford Motor Co., the automaker announced Tuesday.

Prior to working at Apple, Field, 56, was senior vice president of engineering at Tesla, where he led the development of the Model 3, according to his company biography provided by Ford.

Field becomes chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer at Ford, effective immediately. He will report directly to CEO Jim Farley.

“Doug is one of the world’s most respected engineering and product design leaders and has been a driving force behind breakthrough products in the automotive, technology and mobility fields,” Farley said in a statement.

“His talent and commitment to innovation that improves customers’ lives will be invaluable as we build on our Ford+ plan to deliver outstanding products, always-on customer relationships and an ever-improving user experience,” said Farley. “We’re thrilled that Doug has chosen to join Ford and help write the next incredible chapter of this great company.”

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