Fords Strengthens Leadership Team to Improve EV Supply Chain Management

Ford Motor Co. has made major leadership changes to support large-scale electric vehicle (EV) development, strengthened its internal combustion product line and transformed the company’s global supply chain management.

Doug Field was appointed as chief advanced product development and technology officer. In this expanded role, he will continue to oversee EV products, software and digital systems development, and advanced driver assistance, while also taking up vehicle hardware design and engineering.

Lisa Drake, vice president of EV industrialization, will now also be responsible for manufacturing engineering as Ford scales to a run speed of 2 million EVs per year by the end of 2026. Chuck Gray, who has become vice president of EV technology, has been appointed vice president of vehicle hardware engineering. . Both Drake and Gray reported to Field, as did Anthony Lo, Ford’s chief design officer.

“As we enter a period of intense execution for the Ford Model e and our $50 billion investment in groundbreaking electric and digital vehicles, Doug, Lisa and Chuck are taking on a bigger role and building a highly capable team,” said Jim Farley, president and president of Ford. . CEO. “Developing and scaling electric vehicles and next-generation software requires the focus and a different mix of talent from the accomplished Ford team and the many exciting new associates joining our company.”

Among the new partners are four leaders with Silicon Valley credentials who will reinforce Ford’s drive to develop fully connected vehicles with advanced software and driver assistance systems. Roz Ho was appointed as chief connected vehicle software officer. Ho joins Ford next month from HP, where he serves as vice president and head of global software. Previously, he held several leadership roles during his 22 year tenure at Microsoft. Ho will work closely with Jae Park, who recently joined Ford as vice president of digital product design, after successes at Google and Amazon. They are joined by Sammy Omari, executive director of advanced driver assistance technology (formerly Motional, a joint venture of Hyundai and Aptiv) and Rob Bedichek, executive director of platform architecture (formerly Intel and Apple).

As Ford continued to build on its EV portfolio of the Ford Model e and Ford Blue internal combustion vehicles, Jim Baumbick also took on additional responsibilities. He was appointed vice president of product development operations, cycle planning and internal combustion engine programs. Baumbick will oversee the development of all Ford Blue products, as well as key cycle planning, vehicle development engineering, and product development operations for all Fords. He will report to Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford Blue, and partner closely with Doug Field and his team in the broader development of all products at Ford.

“Jim Baumbick has been the driving force behind our incredible Ford Blue lineup built around icons like the F-Series, Mustang, Ranger and Bronco, and new hits like Maverick that have driven significant demand and market share gains.” Farley. “We are building on this solid foundation with exciting new vehicles and derivatives that customers around the world will love.”

At the same time, Ford is transforming its global supply chain management capabilities to support efficient and reliable component sourcing, internal development of key technologies and capabilities, and cost and quality execution. John Lawler, Ford’s CFO, will temporarily lead Ford’s global supply chain organization until a chief supply chain officer is selected. Jonathan Jennings, vice president of supply chain, will also take on additional responsibility for technical assistance and supplier quality. He will report to Lawler.

As previously announced, Hau Thai-Tang, chief industrial platform officer, will retire October 1 after more than 34 years at Ford. Ford also announced that Dave Filipe, vice president of vehicle hardware modules, will retire effective December 1 after 30 years with Ford.

“We are grateful for Hau and Dave’s significant contribution to Ford and our Ford+ plan, which helps set the stage for our exciting future,” said Farley.

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