FORD MOTOR COMPANY ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS IN THE AMERICAS
Executive changes announced today are:
- Anne Stevens is elected executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and chief operating officer, The Americas.
- Derrick M. Kuzak becomes group vice president, Product Development, The Americas.
- Roman Krygier, the Company’s group vice president, Global Manufacturing, is electing to retire at the end of the year.
- David T. Szczupak is elected group vice president, Manufacturing, The Americas, replacing Krygier.
- Barb J. Samardzich becomes a Company vice president for Powertrain Operations.
- Joseph R. Hinrichs is elected a Company vice president for North America Vehicle Operations.
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 13 – Ford Motor Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Ford and Mark Fields, the Company’s executive vice president and president, The Americas, announce a series of executive appointments intended to strengthen and streamline North American automotive operations. The appointments, approved Wednesday by the Board of Directors, are effective Nov. 1 unless otherwise stated.
“I have asked Mark Fields to do what’s necessary to turn around our North American automotive operations,” Bill Ford said. “I fully expect the leadership team he has put in place today for The Americas will drive a turnaround and return a critical part of our business to a sustained level of profitability.”
Jim Padilla, president and Chief Operating Officer, said the Company's focus on the turnaround in North America is an indication of leadership priorities. "Our people have made excellent progress in South America , stabilized Europe and positioned us for growth in Asia ," Padilla said. "The challenges in North America require us to give it the attention and resources it deserves. I know the team we've put together can deliver."
Said Fields: “I asked Bill Ford and Jim Padilla for not only the best and the brightest leaders in our company, but for the kind of people who can work as one team on one agenda. That agenda is to turn around our North American operation with a team that knows how to win, an innovative product line-up that wins in the marketplace and a brand that has strong emotional appeal. We now have in place an outstanding group of leaders in The Americas, and they already have hit the ground running to turn the business around.”
Anne Stevens, group vice president, Canada, Mexico and South America, is elected executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and chief operating officer, The Americas. She will report to Mark Fields. Stevens, 56, will lead the Company’s core operations in The Americas, including Product Development, Manufacturing and Purchasing. Stevens’ new role also makes her the first female executive vice president in company history.
“Anne is an exceptionally focused and proven leader in this industry,” Fields said. “Her leadership of Vehicle Operations resulted in a significant quality improvement. She has also overseen profit resurgence in South America and Mexico and increased market share in Canada. We expect her to drive our operations toward greater coordination, efficiency, productivity and results.”
Derrick Kuzak, 54, vice president, North America Engineering, becomes group vice president, Product Development, The Americas. He replaces Phil Martens, who left the Company to pursue other interests. Kuzak will report to Stevens and will continue to develop and improve the Company’s Product Development System. He will also have a functional reporting relationship to Richard Parry-Jones, the Company's chief technical officer. Kuzak, who joined The Americas leadership team in August, served previously as vice president, Product Development for Ford of Europe.
“Derrick is one of the brightest engineering and product development leaders in the industry,” Fields said. “He and I worked closely together in Europe , where we made significant progress on building a strong brand and product focus. We will bring that same thinking to The Americas.”
After 41 years with the Company, Roman Krygier, group vice president, Global Manufacturing, is electing to retire. Krygier, 62, assumed his current position in November 2001. He joined the Company as a trainee foreman at the Chicago Stamping Plant in 1964 and held numerous management positions in manufacturing throughout his career.
“Roman Krygier made an outstanding contribution to Ford Motor Company over more than four decades of service, and he leaves an important legacy,” Bill Ford said. “He was instrumental in leading the turnaround in operating practices at our plants and in the implementation of the Ford Production System. He also led the drive to transform our plants toward flexible manufacturing, which is a key part of our product strategy going forward. We wish him the best in his retirement.”
Replacing Krygier is Dave Szczupak, vice president, Powertrain Operations, who becomes group vice president, Manufacturing, The Americas. Szczupak, 50, will report to Stevens and will be charged with continuing to improve the flexibility of the Company’s manufacturing operations.
“Dave has demonstrated very broad, capable leadership throughout his career,” Fields said. “He is highly respected in the industry and in Ford. I expect him to continue driving our transformation in flexible manufacturing.”
Barb Samardzich, executive director, small front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive vehicles, is elected a Ford Motor Company vice president and succeeds Szczupak as vice president, Powertrain Operations. Samardzich, 47, will report to Szczupak in his new role.
“Barb’s ability to deliver outstanding results can be summed up in one word: Mustang,” Fields said. “Her role in helping to lead the development and launch of the hottest car in the industry demonstrated skills that will help our team enormously as we move our way forward.”
Also elected a Company vice president, Joe Hinrichs, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, is appointed vice president, North America Vehicle Operations. He replaces Matt DeMars, who left the Company to pursue other interests. Hinrichs, 38, will report to Szczupak.
“Joe not only stopped a continuing market share decline in one of our key North American markets, he reversed course and increased sales in the very competitive Canadian environment,” Fields said. “His extensive and impressive operations background inside and outside Ford will help our team.”
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With nearly 325,000 employees and 110 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Motor Credit Company and Hertz. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.fordvehicles.com.