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Ford CEO Jim Farley To Host New Spotify Podcast

Ford CEO Jim Farley has long been known as a car guy and is a rather successful amateur racer that also somehow finds time to drive rally carshelp the homeless at the Pope Francis Center in Detroit, and take others for a spin around the track for a good cause on the rare occasion that he has a spare few minutes of time. Despite all of that, Farley – who was recently named Newsweek‘s Executive of the Year and MotorTrend‘s Person of the Year – is venturing off on another endeavor – hosting a new podcast on Spotify called Drive, which debuts on May 25th, according to Bloomberg.

On the weekly 20-25 minute show, Farley will conduct interviews with a host of celebrities, fellow executives, royals, professional athletes, and race car drivers including actor Dax Shepard, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Harley-Davidson CEO Jochen Zeitz, YouTuber Emelia Hartford, the Duke of Richmond, Girls Auto Clinic founder Patrice Banks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, to name a few.

The concept behind Drive, as the name might suggest, isn’t all about cars however – it’s about Farley finding out what drives each of these folks to be successful in life. Farley reportedly conducted all of the interviews in his spare time on Saturdays from a conference room at Ford’s Dearborn headquarters, but the automaker isn’t contributing any money to the production or turning it into any sort of advertising venture.

Rather, Spotify is paying for the podcast, with the help of sponsor Salesforce. Spotify reportedly originally approached Farley with the idea a year ago, but he declined at that time before later changing his mind. “I told them I love cars, and I’d love to talk to people about cars. And I don’t want this to be work,” Farley said. “So we kind of co-created this idea with Spotify. There’s a lot I learned personally as a leader. I never did it for that reason, but you know, I need to get out of Detroit.”

We’ll have more on Jim Farley soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Greggt

    What is wrong with this guy? Ford has issues with quality, its supply chain, terrible customer service and he has been nothing but a Green New Deal cheerleader and now this!! Please someone tell this man what his job is!

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    1. Tigger

      He’s got too much time on his hands.

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      1. Everyday Patriot

        Thanks, Triggered!

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        1. David Dickinson

          That’s your name.

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          1. Everyday Patriot

            KKKool!

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    2. Everyday Patriot

      I’m sorry you feel compelled to attack attempts to keep America clean and healthy for your own future generations of Americans. I can only imagine you throw tantrums at your own doctor for trying to keep you healthy, too.

      Hey, it’s okay. Lots of car companies for you to choose from. I’m not sure Ford will miss anyone who isn’t going to be happy unless they follow your agendum of railing against common-sense, patriotic American exceptionalism in domestic, job-creating and sustaining industry.

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      1. Greggt

        Maybe you have missed all the quality issues Ford has experienced lately, my 2021 F150 has had three recalls, they are telling SUV owners not park their vehicles inside as they are a fire hazard, their customer service rivals ATT, and Fords plants are on “Sputter Mode” due to supply chain issues but their CEO has time to go “Hollywood”???

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        1. Kenny D

          Funny, You hit the Nail Right SQUARE on the HEAD Greggt, I Couldn’t have said it any Better. FORD’S Service (At Least In Our Area) San Jose Calif, Has to be “THE WORST” out there. If there is a GOOD Mechanic out there in our Area, (Would Someone Chime In) and tell me where. We have One Private Shop close by that can FIX Cars/Trucks, but his shop Rate is the same as the Dealer’s???? And they don’t do Factory Warranty Repairs. Ya, FORD’S Service is on the Same Playing Field as A T T!! (We “FIRED” A T T), told em to come get there S _ _ _ and NEVER Come BACK, and STOP Sending us Mailing’s. WORST SERVICE E V E R!!! Hands Down, and FORD is right there with them. So, JIMMY Needs to Start Paying attention to these types of Issues. To be Honest, GMC ain’t no Better, and RAM, Fiat Chrysler, DODGE, whoever they are, (FIRED Them To back in 1999) cause they couldn’t FIX our JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE?

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        2. Jack 321

          Recalls are nothing new. We’d all like it if there were none, but every month, virtually every brand has recalls (just look at autoevolution’s recall list), and while Ford is no Honda at this stuff, Farley is the first CEO at Ford I’ve ever heard even address the fact that Ford needs to improve quality, and has even hired an outsider to oversee these improvements.
          Considering Farley worked for 17 years in Toyota – one of the least recalled brands on earth – and was considered highly respected by Japan, I don’t think he’s the problem. It will take a while to correct the system at Ford and clear out the middle-management clowns that are bogging down the company, which Ford engineers have been complaining about for years.
          And news flash: it’s 2022, and you don’t need to go to Hollywood to make something like this. As the article states: “Farley reportedly conducted all of the interviews in his spare time on Saturdays from a conference room at Ford’s Dearborn headquarters, but the automaker isn’t contributing any money to the production or turning it into any sort of advertising venture.”

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  2. David Dickinson

    Once the CEO “goes Hollywood” you are in trouble. I take this as a bad sign. As mentioned, he has more important things to do (read: problems to fix) with his time.

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    1. NCEcoBoost

      I agree 100%. Time for this guy to go is very near. And that EV “pivot” also seals his fate.

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      1. JOHN PORTER

        LOVE TO SEE HIM MAKE FORD A NAME TO RECON WITH ON THE TRACK WITH THE EV RACING. TRUCK AND CARS

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  3. Mark B

    Wow, so the guys a top level CEO, I don’t think that means that he should shackle himself to the headquarters building and never leave! Glad to see that he’s finding both enjoyment and fulfillment outside the job.

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  4. Kenny D

    FIX YOUR SERVICE DEPARTMENTS “JIMMY”. THEY SUCK!!!

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  5. donnie

    hes making his money-we are done being ford fans-the past year they have really showed how much they care about customer service. WE PAY HIM FOR DOING WHAT??? HE SHOULD BE ON OUR END

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  6. MarkV

    Maybe the guests can show him how to do his job. Maybe even how to fix Lincoln the “damaged brand” that is not a full line brand like MB, Cadillac, and BMW.

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