Ford shuffles management, looking for new global supply chain head

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is restructuring its vehicle development and supply chain operations, dragging some executives out just days after announcing that it would build up to 45,000 vehicles with parts lost to shortages.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker gave some executives new roles and said its chief financial officer would begin reworking supply chain operations until a new global purchasing chief was hired.

Change comes at a time of major change for Ford and the auto industry, which for more than a century has made a living selling petroleum-powered vehicles. The company has plans for half of its global production to be electric vehicles by 2030, but like its main competitors, Ford must continue to sell gas-fueled vehicles to fund a major transition.

Earlier this year CEO Jim Farley split the company into two units, Ford Model e to develop electric vehicles, and Ford Blue to handle internal combustion cars, trucks and SUVs.

Early Thursday, Ford announced that CFO John Lawler would change its supply chain operations until the company found a new supply chain chief.

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