Ford Motor Co. announced a number of executive changes following the appointment of Jim Hackett on Monday as its new CEO.
The sweeping changes, which involve nearly every part of the company’s global operations, come as Hackett looks to streamline operations and clarify the company’s strategy. Executive Chairman Bill Ford said earlier this week the automaker has become bogged down in bureaucracy that has slowed decision-making.
“I really think it’s a change in direction for Ford,” said Jack Nerad, executive market analyst at Kelley Blue Book. “Ford has a reputation of being very bureaucratic, and I think they want to gain nimbleness. And there’s a desire to take the company into the future, and the vision is that the future is about mobility and technology.”
In a statement on Thursday, Hackett said: “The leadership changes we are announcing today across our global business are important as we foster even greater teamwork, accountability and nimble decision-making."
Among the changes:
Hackett told Bloomberg on Monday: "It’s a great opportunity to actually shrink my team, but it isn’t about me being disconnected; it’s actually pushing down some of the responsibility. I’m working on shaping that to be a lot smaller group of people."
Nair, Fleet, Armstrong, Marakby and Ovenden will report to Farley. Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln; Stephen Odell, vice president of marketing, sales and service, and Watters all remain in their roles and will also report to Farley.
Thai-Tang will report to Hinrichs. Bruce Hettle, group vice president of manufacturing and labor affairs; Kim Pittel, vice president of sustainability, environment & safety engineering; and Bennie Fowler, group vice president of quality and new model launch, will all remain in their roles and also report to Hinrichs.
Ford Smart Mobility CEO Raj Rao; Paul Ballew, global chief data and analytics officer; Lemmer; and Schloss will report to the newly named mobility chief, Marcy Klevorn.
Hackett will get eight direct reports: Felicia Fields, group vice president of human resources and corporate services; Bob Shanks, CFO; John Casesa, group vice president of global strategy; Farley; Hinrichs; Klevorn; Washington; and Gayton.
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