Ford outlines management changes

Five Ford Motor Co. executives will retire at the end of the year, the company announced Thursday, Oct. 11.

The five are:

  • James Donaldson, 58, group vice president global business development, a 37-year Ford veteran.

  • Vaughn Koshkarian, 60, vice president Ford Asia Pacific, a 33-year Ford veteran.

  • Michael D. Jordan, 54, vice president Ford Customer Service Division and president Automotive Consumer Services Group, a 30-year Ford veteran.

  • James Yost, 52, vice president corporate strategy, a 27-year Ford veteran.

  • Elliott Hall, 63, vice president of dealer development, a 14-year Ford veteran.

    In addition, Mark Hutchins, 56, Lincoln Mercury president, will retire in early 2002 after working on transferring the leadership of Lincoln Mercury to Brian Kelley, 40, the unit's newly appointed chief.

    Three of the positions vacated by the retirements will be filled.

  • Kathleen Ligocki, vice president Canada and Mexico and North America Strategy, was appointed vice president strategy, business development and Canada and Mexico, effective Jan. 1, 2002. Ligocki will report to Martin Inglis, group vice president and CFO, regarding strategy and business development and Nick Scheele, group vice president North America, regarding Canada and Mexico.

  • Mark A. Schulz, general manager of Ford of Europe operations in Turkey (Ford Otomotive Sanayi A.S.), was named a corporate vice president. He will replace Koshkarian with the title president of Ford Asia Pacific, effective Jan. 1, 2002. Schulz will report to Henry Wallace, group vice president Mazda and Asia Pacific.

  • Brian Kelley, vice president global consumer services, was named president of Lincoln Mercury and will replace Hutchins, effective Jan. 1, 2002. Kelley will report to Wolfgang Reitzle, chairman and CEO Premier Automotive Group.

    Ford also said:

  • Lloyd Hansen, vice president controller, has been appointed vice president of revenue management, effective Nov. 1. He will report to Jim O'Connor, Ford Division president. Hansen's new position includes all Ford Motor Co.'s brands worldwide.

    n Don Leclair, controller Ford North America, was named a new corporate vice president, replacing Hansen, also effective Nov. 1, 2001. Leclair will report to Inglis.

    In addition, Ford said that in January 2002 Hertz rental operations will report to Donald Winkler, group vice president and chairman Ford Financial. Hertz currently reports to Wayne Booker, vice chairman, whose Jan. 1, 2002, retirement was announced July 12.

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