Personnel exec Laymon: Ford still seeking outside talent

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is still looking for outside executives to fill some key marketing jobs, says the company's personnel chief.

Appointments are likely soon, said Joe Laymon, Ford's group vice president of corporate human resources. He did not identify the positions Ford wants to fill "because some of those positions have individuals in them right now."

Laymon did say Ford has not spoken with former Nissan executive Mark McNabb. The position to which McNabb "should aspire" is already filled, Laymon noted.

This month, McNabb resigned as Nissan's North American sales chief. According to rumor, he is eyeing a job with a Detroit 3 automaker.

Last fall, Ford took its first step to strengthen its marketing talent when it hired Toyota executive Jim Farley to be its global sales and marketing chief.

Since arriving, Farley has appointed new Ford and Lincoln-Mercury marketing leaders from within. The company also brought in Volvo executive Anne Belec to be director of Ford's global marketing.

You can reach Amy Wilson at awilson@crain.com

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