Nicholas J. Smither
Title: Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ford Motor Company
Nick Smither is group vice president and chief information officer, effective April 1, 2008. He had been vice president and chief information officer since April 2006.
Previously, Smither was executive director of Global Information Technology Business Operations, Ford Motor Company, from November 2002. In this role, he was responsible for managing information technology services for North America, International Operations, the Premier Automotive Group and Mazda. Additionally, Smither oversaw the development and direction of Product Development systems across the entire company.
Smither joined Ford in 1980 as an engineer in Product Development for Ford of Europe. He moved to Information Technology in 1983 as a systems analyst and subsequently held a variety of management positions in Product Development, Ford Customer Service Division, Manufacturing and Finance. In 1995, Smither relocated to the U.S. to lead the Information Technology integration of South American locations as part of Ford 2000. He then led the Finance Systems and Product Development Systems organizations.
Smither earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Loughborough University with First Class Honors, and received a master’s degree in Advanced Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University in England.
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