2 more marketing managers jump ship at Ford

Two marketing managers left Ford Motor Co. last week, adding to this year’s exodus of marketing execs from the company.

Deborah Wahl, who had been Lincoln Mercury Division’s marketing chief since 1999, left the company Thursday, Oct. 25, for a marketing management position at Toyota Division. Wahl was not available for comment, and a Toyota spokeswoman would not release details of the position.

Mark Norman, marketing programs and strategy manager for Ford Division, joined the Chrysler group Wednesday, Oct. 24, as vice president of sales and marketing operations.

Norman, 34, was the fifth marketing executive to leave Ford for the Chrysler group this year. Two left in February and two left in May.

As marketing communications manager of Lincoln Mercury, Wahl, 38, directed the Lincoln and Mercury brands’ national advertising, cross-brand communication and events marketing. The American Advertising Federation named her to its Advertising Hall of Achievement in September.

Lincoln Mercury spokespeople said they believe Toyota has created a position for Wahl. Lincoln Mercury had not appointed an interim replacement for Wahl by late last week.

Since 1993, Norman has held various sales and marketing management positions within Ford and Lincoln Mercury divisions. He succeeds Chris Cortez, 47, who was promoted to senior vice president of service and parts last week. She succeeds Darrell Davis, who will retire Dec. 31.

Norman will be responsible for sales planning, distribution and scheduling. He will report to Gary Dilts, senior vice president of sales.

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