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The Blue Oval is in Craig Schmatz’s blood. His father spent more than 30 years at Ford as a research scientist. Schmatz, chief engineer for the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, has 26 years with the company. He started his career at Ford immediately after finishing his engineering undergraduate degree and MBA at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s.
For the bulk of Schmatz’s time with the company, truck programs have dominated. He’s worked on various F-Series programs, Bronco and Ranger. He led launch of the 1995 F-Series at Kentucky Truck Plant – where the all-new Super Duty will be built.
“My career has been spent mostly with trucks, so leading the team on the new Super Duty is particularly rewarding,” he said. “I worked at Kentucky Truck Plant in the mid-1990s and know the plant well. I am confident our customers will be pleased with the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever when it rolls off the line.”
In his free time, Schmatz enjoys travel with his wife and two children. His favorite destinations include Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, as well as his family cottage in Northern Michigan.