Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ford's Farley Now Global Leader In Marketing, Sales & Service

Ford Motor Company made some executive appointments that it says will "further sharpen its senior leadership team’s focus on the “One Ford” plan and to support the company’s growth around the world."

Jim Farley, 48, currently Ford group vice president, Global Marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America operations, will take an expanded role as Ford’s global leader for marketing, sales and service around the world. This marks the first time Ford has a single global leader for marketing, sales and service. The move is effective Aug. 1.

Other moves include:

    * John Fleming, 58, Ford executive vice president currently serving dual roles as Chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe and head of Global Manufacturing and Labor affairs, will lead the company’s Global Manufacturing & Labor Affairs operations.
    * Stephen Odell, 55, currently CEO of Volvo Cars, is appointed a Ford group vice president and succeeds Fleming as chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe.
    * Stuart Rowley, 43, chief financial officer of Volvo, becomes chief financial officer, Ford of Europe.

All three appointments will be effective upon the closing of Ford’s sale of Volvo to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Limited, expected to occur later this quarter.

Ford is reorganizing its operations in Canada, Mexico and South America. Effective Aug. 1, Eduardo Serrano, 50, currently president and CEO of Ford of Mexico, is appointed executive director, Latin America, with responsibility for the company’s operations in Mexico and South America. David Mondragon will continue as president, Ford of Canada. Both Serrano and Mondragon will report to Mark Fields, Ford executive vice president and president of the Americas.