Today, a number of changes to Ford’s senior leadership lineup were announced, including the voluntary retirement of John Fleming, Ford Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs.
Mr. Fleming, currently 64 years-old, has spent some 48 of those years with Ford Motor Company. In his latest role, he oversaw the operations at 66 plants around the globe, and helped facilitate the recent UAW labor agreement negotiations. Before that, the Ford Executive VP held the roles of Chairman and CEO of Ford Europe. Taking his place will be 54 year-old Bruce Hettle, who currently serves as Ford Vice President of North American Manufacturing.
Of course, following Hettle’s promotion to Ford Executive VP of Manufacturing and Labor, the role of North American Manufacturing VP will be left open. Filling that role will be 51 year-old Gary Johnson, currently Ford’s VP of Asia-Pacific Manufacturing.
In related news, 50 year-old Raj Nair has gained another qualifier to his already impressive title; he is now Ford Executive VP of Product Development, as well as Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Nair had already served as both company CTO, and Group Vice President of Product Development – roles he has held since April, 2012.
Said Ford CEO Mark Fields of the promotion: “Raj has done an outstanding job leading our team in delivering product excellence with passion. As we expand our global lineup even further, Raj’s leadership will enable us to develop innovative new products and technologies that deliver our core business while also focusing on emerging opportunities, including those in our Ford Smart Mobility plan.”
Finally, 48 year-old Joy Falotico has been named Chief Operating Officer of Ford Motor Credit Company, and has been elected a Ford Motor Co. Corporate Officer. Ms. Falotico has served the position of Ford Credit Executive VP of Marketing and Sales of the Americas since 2013, with additional Strategic Planning responsibilities added in January, 2015.