Within 72 hours of warning Wall Street, Ford Motor Co. In addition to adding its Silicon Valley tech talent, it announced a reorganization of part of its executive leadership team, which oversees supply chain management and product development.
Parts shortages delay production and delivery, frustrate customers and frustrate investors. Pickup trucks waiting for parts are stacked in lots around Dearborn and other cities.
Ford, which saw its stock price fall on the disappointing news, said in a statement on Monday that these latest leadership changes will “strengthen product creation and transform global supply chain management.”
The company said in a release that it is seeking a leader to lead the situation, while the situation is fluid.
Ford continues to poach high-profile Silicon Valley executives as the 119-year-old automaker dives deeper into electric vehicles (EVs) and digital connectivity.
Recent management changes include:
- Doug Field while expanding his work as an advanced product development and technology officer Ford Model and enhances all electrical operations. He will continue to oversee electric vehicles, software and digital systems development and driver assistance, now taking on design and vehicle technical engineering.
- Jim Baumbick is vice president, product development operations, cycle planning and Internal combustion engine programs to drive all product development for Ford Blue.
- John Lawler, Ford’s chief financial officer, is stepping in to “oversee the transformation of Ford’s global supply chain operations” until someone is named as interim chief global supply chain officer.
- Roz Ho joined the company in October after three years as vice president and global head of software at HP in Palo Alto, Calif., and before that at companies including Microsoft.
- Jae Park, a former vice president at Google and Amazon, joined Ford in August as vice president of digital product design, according to his LinkedIn business profile. He worked as a creative director and head of design at Microsoft for over 11 years.
- Sammy Omari joins Ford as executive director of advanced driver assistance technologies. His LinkedIn profile describes him as vice president of engineering, head of autonomy and mapping at Motional, a self-driving vehicle joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv. Previously, Omari oversaw motion planning, motion control and forecasting software at Lyft. He also served as director of engineering for robotics, computer vision and machine learning at GoPro.
- Rob Bedichek, formerly of Intel and Apple, continues as executive director of platform architecture, which he started in December, according to LinkedIn. It designs computer systems and services. Ford has announced that it is hiring with these latest developments.
- Lisa Drake, vice president of EV industrialization, currently in charge of manufacturing engineering, Ford is working to produce 2 million electric vehicles annually by the end of 2026.
- Chuck Gray, who was vice president of EV technology, became vice president of automotive engineering.
- Both Drake and Gray report to Field, as does Anthony Lo, Ford’s chief design officer.
- Jonathan Jennings, vice president of supply chain, reports to Lawler, assuming additional responsibility for supplier technical support and quality.
“Developing and expanding the next generation of electric and software-defined vehicles requires a diverse mix of focus and talent from colleagues on the Ford team and from the many exciting newcomers joining our company,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a statement.
Ford in July Former Tesla CEO Annie Liu hired to ensure supply.
“Ford is transforming its global supply chain management capabilities to support efficient and reliable supply of components, internal development of core technologies and capabilities, and world-class cost and quality execution,” Farley said in a news release.
Ford’s profitable Blue Ford gasoline-powered lineup, which includes the F-Series, Mustang, Ranger and Bronco and Maverick, remains important to the overall strategy because it has “driven significant demand and market share gains,” Farley said.
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earlier, Ford announced that industrial platform CEO Hau Thai-Tang will retire in October. 1and Dave Filipe, vice president of automotive equipment modules, will step down effective December 2. 1. Each worked at Ford for three decades.
Thousands of cars are still waiting
On Monday, the automaker released dire news about chip shortages and other issues. Ford said in a press release that it expects to have 40,000 to 45,000 partially built vehicles in various cities waiting for parts at the end of September. The company releases financial statements for the third quarter of October. 26.
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