Title: Vice President, North America Manufacturing
James Tetreault was appointed vice president, North America Manufacturing, effective December 1, 2008. In this role, Tetreault leads Ford's North America Manufacturing operations and drives the company's continued efforts to improve manufacturing flexibility and efficiency in North America as it retools several truck factories to launch a host of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Just prior to this position, Tetreault served as vice president, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe, a position he held since 2005. In Europe, he was responsible for all European vehicle and powertrain manufacturing operations including Manufacturing Planning and Logistics and the European Ford Land facility management for Ford plants in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Russia, Turkey and the UK.
Tetreault has held several management positions in Ford North American manufacturing facilities, including plant manager in three assembly plants and one stamping plant. From 2000 until 2002, he was Vehicle Operations Director of Quality, and from 2002 until 2005 he was Director of Manufacturing, Vehicle Operations.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1955, Tetreault joined Ford Motor Company in 1988 after spending the early part of his career at Chrysler Corporation, where he worked in management positions in production and engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan in 1978
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