Changing of the guard

CEO William Clay Ford Jr. further consolidated his team last week with the following changes.

Roman Krygier, 58

New job: Group vice president, manufacturing and quality. Reports to Jim Padilla.

Old job: Vice president, powertrain operations; vice president, advanced manufacturing engineering.

Comment: Replaces Jim Padilla, who is in charge of Ford in North America. A Ford lifer, Krygier has worked his way up the stamping and other manufacturing operations.

David Thursfield, 56

New job: Remains CEO and president of Ford of Europe; becomes group vice president. Reports to COO Nick Scheele

Old job: President and CEO, Ford of Europe

Comment: No change in duties. New position recognizes Ford of Europe's emerging turnaround. He is a manufacturing expert who cut capacity and increased productivity in Europe. He joined Ford in 1979 as a plant manager in Australia. He worked previously as a plant manager for British Leyland.

Martin Zimmerman, 55

New job: Group vice president, corporate affairs; new position at Ford. Reports to John Rintamaki, group vice president and chief of staff

Old job: Vice president, governmental affairs

Comment: Zimmerman will handle many tasks not directly related to auto development. He joined Ford in 1987 as chief economist from the University of Michigan.

Robert Dover, 56

New job: President of Jaguar and Land Rover; vice president, Ford Motor Co. Reports to Wolfgang Reitzle.

Old job: Chairman and CEO of Land Rover

Comment: An engineer, he was a project leader on current XK sports car. Promoted to run Aston Martin and later to run Land Rover. He also has had senior positions with British Leyland, Jaguar Cars and Massey-Ferguson. The classic-car enthusiast owns a 1961 Daimler SP250 and a 1929 Bentley Special.

Joseph Greenwell, 50

New job: Vice president, global automotive and product promotions. Reports to COO Nick Scheele.

Old job: Vice president, communications and public affairs, Ford of Europe

Comment: Greenwell was close to Scheele in Europe. He will handle product and marketing communications, part of the duties of Jason Vines, who resigned after Jacques Nasser left. Greenwell helped Jaguar Cars build its worldwide public relations in the late 1990s.

Joe Laymon, 49

New job: Vice president, corporate human resources; vice president, Ford. Reports to John Rintamaki.

Old job: Executive director, human resources business operations

Comment: Laymon, from Eastman Kodak Co., replaces David Murphy, who was identified closely with former CEO Jacques Nasser's widely disliked program to grade white-collar employees. Laymon has an employee-friendly reputation.

Timothy O'Brien, 49

New job: Vice president, real estate; vice president, Ford. Reports to Roman Krygier

Old job: Director, environmental quality office

Comment: O'Brien fills a new position at Ford. He is a lawyer who worked on taxes, emissions and environmental matters in Ford's legal department.

Hans-Olov Olsson, 60

New job: Remains president, Volvo Car Corp.; becomes vice president, Ford. Reports to Wolfgang Reitzle.

Old job: President and CEO, Volvo Cars of North America

Comment: A Volvo lifer, Olsson worked during his early years in production control, logistics and procurement. He moved to marketing in 1982 and later became vice president of Volvo Cars' Global Marketing and Sales Division. He has worked in the United States, Japan and Belgium.

David Szczupak, 46

New job: Vice president, powertrain operations; vice president, Ford. Reports to Roman Krygier

Old job: Chief engineer, powertrain operations

Comment: Replaces Krygier, who was promoted. A native of Great Britian, Szczupak worked as an engineer at Jaguar starting in 1985. He joined Ford Powertrain Operations in 1999.

James Vella, 45

New job: Vice president, corporate public affairs; vice president, Ford. Reports to Martin Zimmerman

Old job: Executive director, corporate communications

Comment: Vella will share public relations duties with Greenwell. Vella will handle issues such as Ford-Firestone and other non-product related matters. Joined Ford in 1988 and worked his way up the public-relations organization. He led the crisis communication team after the Rouge plant explosion in February 1999.

Richard Parry-Jones, 50

New job: Group vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer; oversees product development and technical matters, with a new emphasis on Premier Automotive Group. Reports to Wolfgang Reitzle and Nick Scheele

Old job: Group vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer

Comment: Parry-Jones remains in charge of global product development, but he will take a more direct role in Premier Automotive Group. He reports to both Premier Automotive chief Wolfgang Reitzle and COO Nick Scheele. He will move to Great Britain.

Jan Klug, 41

New job: Vice president, global marketing. Reports to Wolfgang Reitzle

Old job: Vice president of global marketing

Comment: Klug still oversees global marketing for the company's brands, but she will be responsible for instituting some of the best marketing practices among Ford's non-luxury brands among Premier nameplates.

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