Scheele's travels

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Edward Lapham is editor of Automotive News

Nov. 27 -- The role of peacemaker is an important one for Nick Scheele, the new chief operating officer of Ford Motor Co.

Earlier this month, Scheele went to Honolulu to meet with officials of Bridgestone Corp., which produces Firestone tires.

It is significant that the meeting was half way between Dearborn and Tokyo. Both sides want to repair the rift in their 100-year-old relationship.

Scheele also is extending an olive branch to Ford's car dealers with goodwill meetings in four U.S. cities. Many dealers are really teed off about the company's Blue Oval certification programs that began under Jacques Nasser.

For Scheele, it's an important start. But on the list to be mended, that still leaves relationships with suppliers and employees.

You can reach Edward Lapham at elapham@crain.com

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