In the midst of a major transformation, Ford China has begun developing vehicles specifically for that market in recent years, with a heavy focus on crossovers, even though the automaker is still selling sedans there, too. Earlier this week, Ford China announced that it was also launching Electric Mach Technologies, an independent entity that is the first established by a foreign automaker in China focusing solely on the development of all-electric vehicles. Now, another change is coming for the automaker’s operations in that same country, as Ford China has named Sam Wu as its new managing director and chief operating officer.
Wu has held a variety of roles with several major global companies across a broad range of industries, most recently serving as the president of Asia Pacific and as a member of the global executive committee for appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Osram’s Asia-Pacific business and, before that, vice president and regional general manager for Honeywell Process Solutions in Greater China. Wu’s career also includes a tenure with General Electric.
In his new role, Wu will manage engineering, manufacturing, quality, and purchasing and be responsible for Ford’s China commercial vehicle division. He will be based in Shanghai and report to Ford China President Anning Chen and is slated to join the automaker on October 1st.
“China is the world’s largest and a strategically important auto market, and our ambitions for the country have never been higher,” said Chen. “Manufacturing effectiveness and efficiency, including the quality that customers expect and deserve, are critical to success of the Ford+ plan in China, and Sam is bringing proven capability and resolve in those areas to our team.”