In recent months, The Blue Oval has hired a number of executives to help implement its Ford+ plan for transformation, a list that includes multi-time U.S. chief of staff Jessica Carter as its head of U.S. federal government affairs, former Toyota marketing executive Lisa Materazzo to be its new global chief marketing officer, and former Lowe’s online president Mike Amend to serve as its chief digital and information officer. FoMoCo has also been keen to poach execs from tech companies, bringing in Rebecca Pagani from Amazon to serve as chief privacy officer, Apple veteran Peter Stern to serve as the president of the newly formed Ford Integrated Services division, and another former Apple exec – Jennifer Waldo – who took over as the automaker’s chief people and employee experiences officer. Now, Ford has reportedly brought a former Samsung SDI executive on board as well, according to TheElec.
That individual is Kim Sung-hoon, who was previously a vice president at Samsung SDI as its chief battery engineer and had been with that company since 2017. In his time at Samsung, Sung-hoon worked in various roles before his current position tasked him with developing large batteries and managing production lines.
Sung-hoon was also responsible for developing the production processes for batteries at Samsung, and helped to execute technologies such as battery stacking – used in Samsung’s Gen 5 batteries – which allows the company to “stack” raw materials used in the construction of those batteries such as cathodes, anodes, and separators, plus combining the assembly of these components on one line.
At Ford, Sung-hoon will be tasked with helping to improve the energy density of the company’s EV batteries slated to be produced at the under-construction BlueOval SK plant, which is a joint-venture between Ford and South Korean battery manufacturer SK On.