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DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 4, 2021 – Ford Motor Company today announced that Andrew Frick has been appointed vice president, Sales, U.S. and Canada, effective today. He is succeeding Mark LaNeve, who has elected to depart Ford after an accomplished career as a senior marketing and sales leader in order to pursue the next chapter of his professional life.
Frick, 47, most recently served as director, U.S. sales, driving positive results in sales and market share. A 25-year company veteran, he also has extensive experience across both Ford and Lincoln brands in regional roles in the U.S., Asia Pacific, the Caribbean and Central America.
In this new role, Frick will become an officer of the company and assume responsibility for sales, customer care and dealer relations for the Ford brand in the U.S. and Canada. Frick holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Villanova University. He will report to Kumar Galhotra, president, Ford Americas and IMG.
“Andrew brings deep product knowledge, a passion for customers, excellent dealer relations and a proven track record of results to the critical role of leading the sales organization in our largest market,” Galhotra said. “His leadership will be critical as Ford continues to turn around its automotive operations, especially with exciting new products and ever-improving quality, modernizing all aspects of the company and disrupting our conventional automotive businesses to better serve customers.”
LaNeve, 61, is capping a nearly four-decade career of global sales and marketing leadership in the automotive industry, having held a number of leadership roles at General Motors and Volvo Cars in North America. LaNeve came to Ford in 2015 after leading the company’s marketing and advertising agency, Global Team Blue, where he was chief operating officer since August 2012. Prior to that, LaNeve was the CEO of Volvo Cars of N.A., general manager of the Cadillac brand, then vice president, sales, service and marketing, at GM, followed by a three-year tenure as CMO and head of agency relationships at Allstate Insurance Company.
“Mark LaNeve has been a tireless advocate for customers and dealers and helped lead Ford over the last six years, to improved dealer relations and record sales of F-Series pickups, while improving the retail experience,” Galhotra said. “In this extraordinary year, Mark and his team did a great job of safeguarding dealers and customers as well as increasing market share. He leaves a strong foundation from which to build on and take the Ford brand to new levels for customers and dealers.”
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for customers and deepen their loyalty. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, along with connected services. The company does that through three customer-centered business segments: Ford Blue, engineering iconic gas-powered and hybrid vehicles; Ford Model e, inventing breakthrough EVs along with embedded software that defines exceptional digital experiences for all customers; and Ford Pro, helping commercial customers transform and expand their businesses with vehicles and services tailored to their needs. Additionally, Ford is pursuing mobility solutions through Ford Next, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 174,000 people worldwide. More information about the company and its products and services is available at corporate.ford.com.