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Birgit Behrendt

Birgit A. Behrendt is vice president, Joint Ventures, Alliances and Commercial Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2018. She announced her intention to retire this year.

In this role, Behrendt is responsible for all European joint ventures and alliances, including the development of new arrangements to support the company’s business growth.

Prior to this role she served as vice president Global Powertrain Purchasing and Global Purchasing Operations.

Behrendt was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Global Programs and Purchasing Operations in Aug. 2013. In that role she assumed responsibility for leveraging global, regional and local scale to improve costs and operational efficiency across all regions, in addition to her Global Programs role.

Previously, she was executive director, Global Programs and the Americas Purchasing. In this role, Behrendt oversaw all Purchasing activities for Ford's North and South America operations while working closely with Product Development on all global vehicle and powertrain programs.

From April 1, 2008 through July 2010, Behrendt was vice president, Purchasing, Ford of Europe, and executive director, Global Programs.

She was appointed vice president, Purchasing, Ford of Europe in February 2004 and also served on the Supervisory Board of Ford-Werke GmbH, as well as the Advisory Board of Ford Getrag Transmission (GFT) GmbH through May 2010.

From September 2000 to February 2004, Behrendt was director for Global Body and Exterior Purchasing. Prior to September 2000, Behrendt served in various Purchasing leadership positions in Europe and the US.

In her current role, Behrendt serves on the Ford Werke GmbH Supervisory Board, Cologne, Germany, on the Board of the Ford Sollers Holding LLC, Chelny Russia, as well as on the Board of Ford Otomotive Sanayi A. S. (Ford Otosan), Istanbul, Turkey.

Behrendt received recognitions in- and outside the automotive industry, most recently as one of the Top 100 Business Women in Germany by Manager Magazin in 2017 and 2018. Crain’s recognized her among the “Most Influential Women in Michigan” in 2016, she received an award from dbusiness the same year. In 2015 and 2010, Automotive News named Behrendt among the 100 leading women in the North American auto industry. In 2010 she received the prestigious “Female Executive of the Year” award from the German Mestemacher Group in. Behrendt was named “Woman of the Year” by Automotive News Europe magazine in January 2008.

From 2012 until 2017, Behrendt has served on the Board of Directors of the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Michigan Chapter. She has also served on the Supervisory Board of KION AG in Wiesbaden, Germany since January 2015.

Behrendt joined Ford in Cologne, Germany in 1978 as a commercial apprentice and has a business degree from the Administration and Business Academy (Verwaltungs und Wirtschaftsakademie) in Cologne, Germany.