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Ford's new boss in HR plans no major changes

Felicia Fields: New HR chief
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.'s new personnel chief says she expects to follow the strategy established by her mentor, departing executive Joe Laymon.

"We're not likely to make major changes," Felicia Fields told Automotive News last week after being appointed Ford group vice president of human resources and corporate services.

Fields, 42, replaces Laymon, 55, who is leaving Ford for a vice president position at Chevron Corp. Laymon's appointment is effective immediately, Chevron said.

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Laymon said the appointment of Fields proves that Ford's succession-planning process works.

"She's worked for and with me for eight years," Laymon told Automotive News. "She's been developed to do just this job."

Fields, who joined Ford in 1986, will report to CEO Alan Mulally. Ford is eliminating her former post as vice president of human resources, thereby trimming one corporate officer position.

Fields received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a master's in administration from Central Michigan University.

Mulally called Fields a "consummate HR professional" who "has the respect of the team companywide."

You can reach Amy Wilson at awilson@crain.com

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