Sep 2, 2014
Vice President, North America Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company
Bruce Hettle is vice president, North America Manufacturing, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
In this role, Hettle is responsible for Ford’s North America manufacturing footprint – the company’s largest in the world with more than 30 manufacturing plants. He continues to play a key role in Ford’s ongoing efforts to improve manufacturing flexibility and efficiency.
Hettle also oversees Ford’s product expansion in North America and the company’s seamless conversion to global platforms. He reports to Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president, The Americas, and to John Fleming, Ford executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs.
Hettle joined Ford in 1986 and has spent his entire 27-year career with the company in manufacturing. Since 2008, he has led Ford’s manufacturing engineering group as executive director, Global Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineering.
In addition to other leadership roles, Hettle served as director for Ford’s Manufacturing Business Office, and was plant manager for Wayne Stamping and Assembly and Edison Assembly.
Hettle, born May 1961, holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oakland University, and a master’s degree in engineering management from Wayne State University.