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Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs Take New Roles at Ford

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Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs, Marcy Klevorn
From left to right: Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs, and Marcy Klevorn
Photo: Ford Motor Company

Ford has announced key appointments and leadership changes scheduled to take effect on May 1 and throughout the year. Chief among these announcements are new roles for longtime Ford execs Jim Farley and Joe Hinrichs and the Oct. 1 retirement of Ford Mobility President Marcy Klevorn.

“In the past two years, we have made tangible progress in improving the fitness of our business, overhauled our regional strategies, created a winning product portfolio, and are working to transform Ford to succeed in an era of profound change and disruption,” said Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett. “With this strong foundation in place for our auto and mobility businesses, we can now accelerate our transformation.”

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On May 1, Joe Hinrichs will take over as the president of Automotive, which gives him oversight with respect to all global business units as well as the Lincoln brand. He will also head up every team under Ford’s automotive umbrella: Customer Experience, Enterprise Product Line Management, Environmental and Safety Engineering, Government Affairs, Information Technology, Manufacturing & Labor Affairs, Marketing, Product Development, Purchasing, Quality and New Model Launch, Sales & Service, and Sustainability.

May 1 also marks the appointment of Jim Farley to the role of president for New Businesses, Technology, and Strategy. In his role, Farley will oversee Ford Smart Mobility, Ford Autonomous Vehicles, Corporate Strategy, Global Data Insights and Analytics, Global Partnerships, and Research and Advanced Engineering.

“I’m excited that Jim and Joe will be working together with the Ford team around the world to advance our vision to design increasingly intelligent vehicles and connect them to the world around us to make life better for our customers and communities,” Hackett added.

In addition, John Lawler will lead Business Development, Corporate Strategy, and Global Data Insights and Analytics in the expanded role of vice president of Strategy. He will report to Farley.

Ford also announced the retirement of Marcy Klevorn, a 36-year company veteran currently serving as president of Ford Mobility. Prior to her Oct. 1 retirement, she will work closely with Farley and the senior leadership team on transformation and forge strategic alliances.

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