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All change at Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company has announced a number of executive officer appointments and elections at Premier Automotive Group.

Effective from September 1, Jaguar chairman Joe Greenwell is to be appointed vice-president, government affairs, premier automotive group and Ford of Europe.

He will report to Mark Fields, executive vice president, Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe, and Steve Biegun, vice president, International Governmental Affairs.

Wolfgang Schneider, vice-president, legal, governmental affairs and environmental and safety engineering, Ford of Europe, continues to report to Lewis Booth, group vice-president, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

Succeeding Greenwell at Jaguar is Geoff Polites, who will be appointed as chief executive officer, Jaguar and Land Rover, also on September 1.

Polites currently serves as Ford of Europe's vice-president, marketing, sales and service. His successor, who will be named at a later date, will report to Fields.

Volvo Cars CEO Fredrik Arp is elected a vice president of Ford, effective from September 1. Last month, Ford announced his appointment as president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars, reporting to Fields. He succeeds Hans-Olov Olsson, who will become Volvo Cars' chairman. Arp currently serves as president and CEO of Trelleborg AB, the Swedish automotive supplier specializing in advanced polymer technologies.

Ford also announced that Jaguar and Land Rover chief operating officer, Bennie Fowler is moving to Dearborn to become vice-president, advanced manufacturing engineering, the Americas, effective from August 1. Fowler succeeds Al Ver, who was recently appointed chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the new business entity Ford is planning to form later this year, which will assume control of 24 plants and facilities being transferred to the company from Visteon. In his new role, Fowler will report to Roman Krygier, group vice-president, global manufacturing.

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