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Burt Jordan is vice president, Global Purchasing Operations, effective May 1, 2020, reporting to Hau Thai-Tang, chief product development and purchasing officer. In this role, Jordan is responsible for Global Purchasing Operations, program delivery, purchasing strategy and supply chain diversity to drive strategic transformation, growth and efficiencies.
Previously, Jordan served as vice president, Global Vehicle Purchasing, appointed Oct. 1, 2017, responsible for global body exterior, body interior, chassis, electrical systems procurement, along with all global indirect purchasing and supplier diversity development.
Prior to this role, Jordan was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity, effective Aug. 1, 2013. Jordan was responsible for all commodity-related purchasing and supplier sourcing around the world.
Early on, Jordan served as executive director, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing, a position he held from July 1, 2010. His group was responsible for procurement of production and powertrain parts and commodities for Ford Motor Company operations worldwide. Jordan also oversaw Supplier Diversity Development and Global Supply Risk Management.
On April 1, 2008, Jordan was promoted to executive director, Global Powertrain Purchasing, after serving as director of Powertrain and Driveline Purchasing for the Americas beginning in January 2006.
Jordan spent several years working with Ford and Mazda purchasing in Asia. On Oct. 1, 2004, he was named director, purchasing, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, where he managed overall purchasing activities for operations in Australia, India, South Africa, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. He was named deputy general manager of the purchasing division for Mazda in April 2002. He joined Ford in 1999.
Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alma College in Alma, Michigan. He was also appointed to the United States Air Force Academy.
African Americans On Wheels Magazine recognized Jordan as one of the “70 Most Influential African American Men in the Automotive Industry.” In 2011, Jordan was recognized in the book, “Driven, A Tribute to African-American Achievement in the Automotive Industry.” In 2010 and 2011, Jordan’s outstanding commitment to diversity was recognized by Automotive News, which named him an “All-Star for Minority Business.”
Jordan, born in March 1967, is on the board of directors for Focus Hope and Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan. He also serves as a trustee for Alma College.