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Bill Russo

Bill Russo is vice president, Manufacturing, Asia Pacific, effective Jan. 1, 2016. At the same time, he also is elected a Ford Motor Company officer.

He is responsible for manufacturing facilities in seven markets with the capacity to produce
2.7 million vehicles, including China capacity of 1.4 million passenger cars and 500,000 trucks and commercial vehicles.

Prior to this appointment, Russo was director, Global Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering, a position he held since September 2010.

Russo joined Ford Motor Company in May 2001 as director, Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineering for the Americas. He later held leadership roles within the Americas operations serving as director of Vehicle Operations Manufacturing and director of Powertrain Manufacturing.

Prior to joining Ford, he held executive positions at Walbridge Aldinger, Industrial Advisors of America and Chrysler Corporation, where he was a plant manager.

Russo was president of the Engineering Society of Detroit from 2009 to 2011 where he led the board of directors in establishing the strategic direction of the society.

Born in July 1952, Russo holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a master’s from University of Detroit Mercy in business administration.