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Ford China Nabs A New Chairman & CEO From Key Safety Systems

Jason Luo, 51, has been named Chairman and CEO of Ford China, joining Ford Motor Company from Key Safety Systems – an automotive safety systems supplier based out of Michigan, and coincidentally, the company that’s agreed to purchase troubled safety supplier Takata for around $1.6 billion. In his new role, Luo will oversee all of the automaker’s operations in Greater China: the Changan Ford joint venture, import business, Lincoln Motor Company, commercial vehicle investment in Jiangling Motors, and all Taiwan operations. He will report directly to Ford Asia Pacific President Peter Fleet.

“Jason’s leadership and track record of business growth and transformation in China make him the ideal person to lead Ford in the world’s largest vehicle market,” says Fleet. “He will help us raise our vision in China as we become more nimble and operationally fit, expand vehicle electrification and begin to localize Lincoln vehicle assembly.”

The automaker this week also announced the appointment of David Filipe (50) to Vice President of Powertrain Engineering. A 25-year Ford employee, Filipe will replace Bob Fascetti, who will retire effective October 1st. In this role, Filipe will report to Ford Executive VP of Product Development and Purchasing Hau Thai-Tang.

“Dave’s broad experience in product around the world makes him an ideal successor to Bob Fascetti, who has made significant contributions to Ford, including leading the development of the entire Ford EcoBoost lineup,” says Hau Thai-Tang. “We are grateful for his nearly 30 years of service and wish him well in the future.”

Some of David Filipe’s more-recent experience includes serving as vehicle line director for trucks, large SUVs, and commercial vehicles in North America, where he oversaw development and launch for products like the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, 2018 F-150, and 2018 Expedition.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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