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Ford Europe Reveals New Manufacturing Leaders Amid EV Pivot

Ford Europe is in the midst of some major changes, most of which are spurred on by the fact that the automaker plans to transition its entire passenger vehicle lineup in that region to EVs by 2030 or sooner. As such, FoMoCo has already announced that the Valencia Assembly plant in Spain – where it just trimmed over 1,000 jobswill be converted to produce electric vehicles later this decade, while the Saarlouis Assembly plant in Germany will cease production in 2025 and it’s currently looking for a buyer for that facility. Now, Ford Europe has announced a number of new leaders that will help it complete this electric transition in the coming years.

At the Valencia plant, Daniel Ruiz, former director of the Business and Strategy of Ford Europe, will replace plant manager Dionisio Campos, who recently retired after originally joining The Blue Oval back in 1989. “You have given me 35 great years and I am very grateful to this factory, because it has allowed me to develop in my personal and professional life, something even my family has appreciated. I can only thank our company,” Campos said.

Meanwhile, Pablo Perez will also replace engine plant manager Javier Igual at the Valencia plant as Igual is also retiring after joining Ford back in 1987. In Germany, Saarlouis Assembly plant manager Sara Gielen has moved to a new position outside the company, and will be succeeded by Andreas Kreuz, who headed the Task Force in Saarlouis before being appointed to this role. Finally, Oliver Färber, plant manager at Cologne Powertrain Operations has retired after a 27-year career with Ford as well.

Ford Kuga PHEV powertrain at its assembly plant

“Over the years, Dionisio, Javier, Sara, and Oliver have made enormous contributions not only to our European manufacturing operations, but also to local communities in Germany and Spain. We wish them all every happiness for the future,” said Kieran Cahill, vice president, Industrial Operations Europe and IMG. “Looking ahead, we’re delighted to welcome Daniel, Pablo, and Andreas to their new roles in what will be a pivotal year for the business as we continue to execute our Ford+ Plan. Please join me in congratulating them on their appointments.”

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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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