William Gubing – Bill to everyone but his two daughters – set ambitious goals for himself when he started at Ford Motor Company.
“Taking varied jobs across every discipline that somehow impacted the customer was a career objective from the get-go,” said Gubing. “I’ve been involved in setting strategy, body engineering, advanced powertrain development, have led cost-reduction programs, analyzed marketing and sales data, and even served as a production supervisor in a manufacturing facility all while working my way through multiple program leadership roles.”
Spending time with Gubing, his laser-like focus and ability to absorb and interpret vast amounts of data become readily apparent. A multi-tasker by nature, he deftly juggles a BlackBerry, a continuously humming cellphone and an Outlook calendar that resembles a patchwork quilt.
Considering Gubing’s collegiate background, effectively multi-tasking is not entirely out of character. The Long Island, N.Y. native graduated from Bucknell University with a mechanical engineering degree. In addition to playing hockey, Gubing led fellow engineering students in Society of Automotive Engineers motorsports competitions.
A driven student, Gubing went on to Dartmouth, earning a master’s degree in engineering management.
Managing a team of engineering student peers in the design, creation, testing and fielding of a racing vehicle really whet Gubing’s enthusiasm for joining the auto industry.
“My college motorsports team management role was the best possible experience to prepare me for automotive industry product development program management,” reflected Gubing. “It involved process, people and product, under an umbrella of ultracompetitive team spirit.”
What aspect of the 2013 Ford Taurus is Gubing most proud of?
“It’s all of the latest signature technology that we’re able to offer the customer – everything from active park assist to MyFord Touch™,” he said. “As an enthusiast, I’m really excited about the unique design cues and enhanced performance of the Taurus SHO, too.”
Gubing – a food and wine hobbyist – is married to a human resources executive and is the father of two young daughters.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.
April 19, 2011