Joe Hinrichs, who has overseen a profit machine since taking over as Ford's president of the Americas in December 2012, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress in January.
Since 2011, Ford Motor Co. has earned pretax profits totaling $48 billion in North America, while losing money in the rest of the world.
On Hinrichs' watch, Ford has become the top-producing automaker in the U.S. Much of the success traces back to a smooth launch of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150, a high-stakes reworking of manufacturing processes that Hinrichs oversaw.
Before taking over the top job in the Americas, Hinrichs led Ford's operations in Asia Pacific and Africa and was CEO of Ford Motor (China) Ltd. In Asia, he directed the construction of nine manufacturing plants and drove a commitment to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to the region by mid-decade.
Before his Asia posting, Hinrichs was Ford's head of global manufacturing, responsible for the operations of 105 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants worldwide. He will speak on Jan. 11.