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Ted Cannis is the CEO of Ford Pro, the global business and brand within Ford dedicated to delivering the world’s most comprehensive suite of solutions to government and commercial customers of all sizes to help accelerate productivity, improve uptime and lower operating costs through connected services and work-ready gas and electric vehicles. He reports to Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford.
Appointed to this role in June 2021, Cannis leads a global team that is redefining customer value through the auto industry’s first standalone commercial vehicles and services business inside Ford – a key part of the Ford+ plan for growth. As a one-stop shop, Ford Pro provides a trusted platform of software, charging, financing and customer support to serve commercial customers of all sizes and industries, and will help lead the transition from gas to electric vehicles for commercial customers.
Previously, Cannis was general manager, Commercial Vehicles, where he unified dedicated resources needed to drive the commercial vehicle business forward by delivering customer solutions and optimizing operations, including through improved alignment with partners. From October 2017 to May 2020, Cannis was global director, Battery Electric Vehicles, leading strategy and business execution for Team Edison, Ford’s dedicated team for battery electric vehicles that developed the award-winning Mustang Mach-E SUV and played a role in developing the F-150 Lightning and E-Transit.
Cannis began his career at Ford in 1989 as a profit analyst at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. He worked 11 years in Finance, including assignments in Brazil and the United States. For two years, he was finance director, Ford Andina, in Venezuela, before becoming president, Ford Argentina. Cannis has also been executive director, Investor Relations; CEO of the Ford Sollers joint venture in Russia; deputy general manager, Ford Otosan, a JV with Koc Group in Turkey; and in various executive positions in Marketing.
Cannis is a graduate of Indiana University with a master’s degree in Business Finance and holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan.