Ford Motor Company today announced a few changes to the leadership in its China, India, and Global teams, starting with the promotion of Vice President and Controller Stuart Rowley to the new position of Vice President of Strategy.
Rowley, 49, has been with Ford since 1990, previously serving as Chief Financial Officer for the automaker’s European operations. In his new position, Mr. Rowley will work under Group VP of Global Strategy John Casesa, helping to direct Ford’s investments into new technologies and products. He is being replaced by Ford China VP, Chairman, and CEO John Lawler, 50, effective immediately.
“Stuart [Rowley] and John [Lawler] have played key roles in delivering Ford’s long-term global growth strategy and strong financial performance,” said company President and CEO Mark Fields. “These moves are part of our commitment to continue developing our leadership team and strengthening their expertise throughout the business.”
Also effective immediately, Dave Schoch, 65, will take over as Chairman and CEO of Ford China from John Lawler. Mr. Schoch has been with the automaker for over 30 years, and will continue to serve as President of Ford Asia Pacific after assuming his new role.
In addition, Changan Ford President Marin Burela, 55, has announced that he intends to retire by October 1st. Changan Ford is the automaker’s passenger-vehicle partnership in the country of China. Until his retirement, Mr. Burela – who first joined with the automaker in 1984 – has been named Special Advisor of Asia Pacific, effective July 1st, and will report directly to Schoch. Replacing him will be Ford India President and Managing Director Nigel Harris, 54.
Mr. Harris’ replacement has yet to be announced.