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Gary Johnson is vice president of North America Manufacturing, effective January 1, 2016. In this role, Johnson 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.
Johnson 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.
He previously served as vice president of Manufacturing Operations for Asia Pacific since January 2010 where he was responsible for 19 manufacturing facilities in 11 markets across 11 time zones. In Asia Pacific, Johnson was overseeing a host of new vehicle and engine launches, as well as the construction of ten new plants in the region – seven in China, two in India and one in Thailand – the company’s largest expansion in 50 years.
Johnson has worked in manufacturing and quality for more than 29 years in increasing levels of responsibility in various locations, and is a leader in lean manufacturing. Among his assignments in North America, he served as director of manufacturing for engine operations and director of vehicle operations for quality.
Born in 1964, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.