As is the case with every other automotive manufacturer, Ford has been dealing with serious supply chain issues for years now, though conditions have improved significantly through the course of 2023. Last year, The Blue Oval temporarily tasked CFO John Lawler with leading its global supply chain organization, along with Jonathan Jennings as its vice president, supply chain, and is also tasked with supplier technical assistance and quality. This past February, Annie Liu – then executive director of purchasing for the Ford Model e and former head of supply chain at Tesla abruptly left the company, but FoMoCo later hired Liz Door as its chief supply chain officer, taking over Lawler’s duties. However, now yet another Ford supply chain executive has left the company after 16 months on the job, according to the Detroit Free Press.
That exec is Katherine Worthen, executive director of the Ford Blue supply chain, who left the company to accept another position with another organization. “People leave for different reasons,” said Ford spokesperson T.R. Reid. “She had another opportunity, and we wish her the best.”
Worthen spent 18 years at General Motors working in global purchasing and supply chain for that automaker, after which she moved on to GE Renewable energy for a few years before joining Ford. The Blue Oval currently doesn’t have a replacement tabbed for that particular position at the moment.
Thus, Worthen becomes the second Ford supply chain executive to leave the company this year alone, along with Liu – her counterpart in that regard. Door soldiers on, however, after spending 15 years at General Motors in purchasing and supply chain roles, followed by 12 years at Whirlpool leading global strategic sourcing for that particular company.