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Ford Announces Global Leadership Team Appointments

Dearborn/USA (ots) - Ford Motor Company announces executive appointments, completing its senior leadership team under new President and CEO Jim Hackett

Appointments support revamped organizational structure, including Global Markets, Global Operations and Mobility

Raj Nair to lead Ford North America; Steven Armstrong will lead Ford of Europe, Middle East & Africa; Peter Fleet to lead Ford Asia Pacific

Dave Schoch retiring after 40-year career at Ford

Hau Thai-Tang to lead Global Product Development and Purchasing

Sherif Marakby rejoins Ford as vice president, autonomous vehicles and electrification

Ken Washington named vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering, and chief technology officer

Neil Schloss is appointed vice president and chief financial officer, Mobility

Kenneth R. Kent is named vice president and treasurer

Bradley Gayton is appointed group vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel

Jeff Lemmer is elected chief operating officer, Information Technology

Ford Motor Company today announced senior leadership appointments around the world, completing the newly reorganized team led by President and CEO Jim Hackett. "The leadership changes we are announcing today across our global business are important as we foster even greater teamwork, accountability and nimble decision-making," Hackett said. "I am excited to work together with Bill Ford and such a talented and diverse group of leaders to create a more vibrant Ford that delivers value for all of our stakeholders."

Hackett was announced as president and CEO on Monday by Executive Chairman Bill Ford. The two leaders emphasized three priorities:

Sharpening operational execution across the global business while decisively addressing underperforming parts of the Business

Modernizing Ford's business, using new tools and techniques to unleash innovation, speed decision making, improve efficiency and more

Transforming to meet future challenges, ensuring the company has the right culture, talent, strategic processes and nimbleness to succeed as society's needs and consumer behavior changes over time

At the same time, Ford named three new leaders reporting to Hackett - Global Markets, Global Operations and Mobility. Consistent with this shift, new leadership appointments are being announced within each of the three new functions:

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Global Markets: Reporting to Jim Farley, executive vice president and president, Global Markets, new appointments and changes include:

   - Raj Nair is named executive vice president and president, North 
     America, succeeding Joe Hinrichs. Nair, 52, previously served as
     executive vice president, Product Development, and chief 
     technical officer, leading the company's global Product 
     Development operations and playing a key role in the company's 
     mobility efforts. His new appointment is effective June 1.
   - As part of previously planned organizational change, Dave 
     Schoch, group vice president and president Asia Pacific, has 
     announced his intention to retire, after 40 years with Ford. 
     Schoch, 66, has led the company's Asia Pacific operations for 
     the past five years during the biggest and most aggressive 
     expansion within the region in Ford history. He has served in a 
     variety of positions around the world, including controller, The
     Americas; executive director, Ford Canada, Mexico and South 
     America; chief financial officer and vice president of Strategic
     Planning for Ford of Europe, and chief financial officer of Ford
     Asia-Pacific Operations. His retirement is effective Aug. 1. 

"Dave has been a fantastic leader and a role model for many at Ford during his four decades in the company," Hackett said. "Over the past five years, Dave has been a key architect of our tremendous growth in China, and overall success in Asia Pacific."

   - Peter Fleet is named group vice president and president, Asia 
     Pacific, succeeding Dave Schoch. Fleet, 50, will lead all Ford's
     operations and partnerships in Asia Pacific. As chairman and CEO
     of Ford China, he also will lead Ford's operations in China - 
     including Lincoln, the Ford China import business as well as 
     Ford's passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford, and investment
     with Jiangling Motors Corporation. His appointment is effective 
     July 1. Fleet previously served as vice president, Marketing, 
     Sales and Service, Asia Pacific.
   - Mark Ovenden is named vice president, Marketing, Sales and 
     Service, Asia Pacific. Ovenden, 53, will lead the Marketing, 
     Sales and Service functions across the Asia Pacific region, 
     reporting to Fleet. Mark also is elected a company officer. His 
     appointment is effective July 1. Ovenden previously served as 
     president and CEO, Ford Sollers, where he led the transformation
     of Ford's operations in Russia for the past two years.
   - Steven Armstrong is appointed group vice president and 
     president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, succeeding Jim Farley. 
     In this role, Armstrong, 52, will have overall responsibility 
     for Ford of Europe and Ford Middle East and Africa. His 
     appointment is effective June 1. Armstrong previously served as 
     vice president and chief operating officer, Ford of Europe.
   - Sherif Marakby is appointed to a newly created position of vice 
     president, Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, effective 
     June 12. He is elected a corporate officer. Marakby, 51, 
     previously worked at Ford for more than 25 years, serving in a 
     variety of leadership positions in Product Development in North 
     America and Europe. He has extensive background in 
     electrification, having led the team to deliver a battery 
     electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and hybrid electric 
     vehicles. 

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Global Operations: New appointments reporting to Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, Global Operations include:

   - Hau Thai-Tang is appointed executive vice president, Product 
     Development and Purchasing. Following more than 25 years in 
     global Product Development, Thai-Tang, 50, has advanced Ford's 
     global Purchasing operations with numerous supplier-partner led 
     innovations and delivered significant material cost savings. In 
     this expanded role, effective June 1, both organizations now 
     report to Thai-Tang. 

Mobility: New appointments reporting to Marcy Klevorn, executive vice president and president, Mobility include:

   - Neil Schloss is appointed vice president and chief financial 
     officer, Mobility, effective Aug. 1. Schloss, 58, previously 
     served as vice president and treasurer for Ford, and chief 
     financial officer of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary 
     formed to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility 
     services.
   - Jeff Lemmer is appointed vice president and chief operating 
     officer, Information Technology, effective June 1. In this role,
     Lemmer, 51, is responsible for automotive-related application 
     development and running the day-to-day operations, including 
     networks, data centers and employee collaboration tools. He also
     is elected a corporate officer. Lemmer previously was Director, 
     IT Operations. 

The appointment of a chief information officer will be the subject of a future announcement. Also today, the following leadership changes are being announced:

   - Bradley Gayton is appointed group vice president, chief 
     administrative officer and general counsel, effective June 1. He
     will continue to report to Jim Hackett. Gayton leads the 
     company's litigation, tax, corporate and intellectual property 
     efforts, including the General Auditor's Office. In this 
     expanded role, he is responsible for Ford Land and Corporate 
     Services, which includes the company's security, and global 
     travel and events operations. He previously served as group vice
     president and general counsel.
   - Ken Washington is appointed vice president, Research and 
     Advanced Engineering, and chief technology officer, effective 
     June 1, reporting to Jim Hackett. Washington, 56, previously 
     served as vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering, 
     leading Ford's worldwide research organizations, and overseeing 
     the development and implementation of the company's technology 
     strategy. He will add chief technical officer responsibilities 
     in this expanded role.
   - Kenneth R. Kent is appointed vice president and treasurer, 
     succeeding Neil Schloss. With his new appointment, effective 
     Aug. 1, he also is elected a corporate officer. Responsible for 
     the company's overall treasury operations, Kent, 54, reports to 
     Bob Shanks, executive vice president and chief financial 
     officer. He previously served as controller, The Americas. 

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