Ford of Mexico has undergone significant changes in a variety of areas over the past couple of years, becoming one of three sites to host a new Global Technology and Business Center, expanding its engineering efforts, and erecting a new, high-tech facility. Now, shortly after FoMoCo announced yet another executive reshuffle aimed at helping execute its Ford+ plan for growth, Ford of Mexico has also announced that Juan Santillán will take over as the company’s Director of Product Development, replacing Marcos Pérez Oyamburu, who has been with the company for 38 years but is now set to retire.
Oyamburu began his career at The Blue Oval back in 1985, and over the next several years, would spend time in a variety of engineering roles, including Chief Engineer of the Office of Product Engineering in Mexico. He also served as head of the Ford Engineering Organization, which is responsible for the design and development of local products in that country, and in 1996, Oyamburu assumed global product development responsibilities for emerging markets such as China, India, South Africa, and others within Ford of Europe before eventually returning to Mexico and assuming his current role.
Meanwhile, Santillán has also spent his fair share of time within the ranks of The Blue Oval – 24 years, to be exact – previously serving as Chief Engineer of programs for models like the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick. In his new role, Santillán will be responsible for leading the Ford of Mexico engineering team and continuing to promote the culture of continuous improvement, multidisciplinary collaboration, and operational excellence.
“Marcos, thank you for the commitment you have had with the company, but, above all, thank you for the legacy that will always be impregnated in Ford’s DNA. We wish you a lot of happiness and success in this new stage and remember that you will always be part of the Ford family,” said Luz Elena del Castillo, president and CEO of Ford of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean.