The new chairman and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company's Bill Clay Ford has made his first move to establish a new order at the company following the ousting of Jac Nasser last week, announcing a series of management changes.
Three new group vice presidents have been appointed and new corporate officers elected.
“The Ford leadership team is intensely focused on moving the company forward. We are putting together a talented team that is committed to our mission of building the world's best cars and trucks," Mr Ford said.
Among the new vice presidents is Bob Dover, Land Rover chairman and chief executive. He becomes vice president, Jaguar and Land Rover. He is responsible for overseeing the operations of both companies.
The new group vice presidents are Roman Krygier, group vice president, manufacturing and quality. He is responsible for North American manufacturing operations and quality; David Thursfield, group vice president. He remains chairman, president and CEO, Ford of Europe. He is responsible for directing Ford's automotive operations in Europe; Martin Zimmerman, group vice president, corporate affairs. He is responsible for environmental and safety engineering, governmental affairs and corporate public affairs.
Along with Mr Dover, the new vice presidents are Joe Greenwell, vice president, global automotive and product promotions and associations; Joe Laymon, vice president, corporate human resources; Tim O'Brien, vice president, real estate; Hans-Olov Olsson, vice president, Volvo Cars, maintains his role as president, Volvo Cars; Dave Szczupak, vice president, powertrain operations and Jim Vella, vice president, corporate public affairs.
In recognition of the growing importance of the Premier Automotive Group (PAG), the company also announced that Richard Parry-Jones will assume additional responsibilities – leading product development and technical matters for PAG. He will report to Wolfgang Reitzle and relocate to the UK. Mr Parry-Jones also will continue as group vice president and chief technical officer, reporting to Nick Scheele.
"Our Premier Automotive Group is a critically important part of our global corporate portfolio and a major engine of growth for the future," said Nick Scheele, president and chief operating officer. With the additional support of Richard and Jan as well as the elevation of Bob and Hans-Olov to vice president positions, Wolfgang is positioning PAG to make a real difference in the luxury segment," Mr Ford said.