Burt Jordan, Ford Motor Company’s vice president of Global Purchasing Operations and Supply Chain Sustainability, has announced he will retire from the company effective July 1st. Jordan is a longtime Ford executive, with a career spanning 20+ years in purchasing that began back in 1999. Prior to joining Ford in 1999, he spent 10 years working in the automotive industry with stints at General Motors, Toyota, and United Technologies serving in various positions.
Jordan was first elected to a corporate officer position in 2013, when he was named vice president, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing and Supplier Diversity. In that role, Jordan was responsible for all of the company’s commodity-related purchasing and supplier sourcing.
In addition to his normal job responsibilities, Burt Jordan has been a driving force behind Ford’s Supplier Diversity and Inclusion activities. Earlier this month, he was named the 2020 CPO of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, which recognized his impactful leadership within Ford and the larger supplier-diversity community.
Jordan previously served as Ford’s vice president, Global Vehicle and Indirect Purchasing and Supply Chain Sustainability. In that role, he was responsible for procuring body exteriors, body interiors, chassis, and electrical systems around the world, along with all indirect purchasing and supplier diversity development.
Jordan was appointed to his current role on April 16th, 2020 and reported to Hau Thai Tang, Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. In his role, Jordan worked to drive strategy transformation, growth, and efficiencies through program delivery, purchasing strategy, and supply chain sustainability.
African Americans On Wheels Magazine recognized Jordan as one of the “70 Most Influential African American Men in the Automotive Industry.” In 2011, Jordan was recognized in the book, Driven. A Tribute to African-American Achievement in the Automotive Industry. In 2010 and 2011, Jordan’s outstanding commitment to diversity was recognized by Automotive News, which named him an “All-Star for Minority Business.”
He was also recognized by Rainbow Push as an “Emerging Leader” that same year. The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council awarded Jordan the “President’s Award” in 2011 and in 2018. He was also named “Executive of the Year” by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council in 2018. In 2019, Jordan was elected into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame.
The Ford executive is on the board of directors for Focus Hope, The Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan and the Michigan-National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He also serves as a trustee for Alma College.