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Ford shuffles management, seeks new global supply chain head (msn.com)
By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

September 22, 2022

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is restructuring its vehicle development and supply chain operations, shuffling multiple executives just days after announcing that it would build up to 45,000 vehicles with parts missing due to shortages.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker gave some executives new roles and said that its chief financial officer will begin reworking supply chain operations until a new global purchasing chief is hired.

The changes arrive at a time of profound change for Ford and the auto industry, which for more than a century have made a living by selling petroleum-powered vehicles. The company has plans for half of its global production to be electric vehicles by 2030, but like its main competitors, Ford will need to keep selling gas-burning vehicles to fund the massive transition.

Earlier this year CEO Jim Farley split the company into two units, Ford Model e to develop electric vehicles, and Ford Blue to handle internal combustion cars, trucks and SUVs.

Early Thursday, Ford announced that CFO John Lawler would run a makeover of its supply chain operations until the company finds a new supply chain chief.

Doug Field, who was hired from Apple Inc., will now become chief advanced product development and technology officer. He'll lead vehicle design and hardware engineering, and continue duties overseeing electric vehicles, software and digital systems, and driver assistance systems.

Former Chief Operating Officer Lisa Drake, now vice president of EV industrialization, takes on manufacturing engineering as Ford plans to produce EVs at a rate of 2 million per year by the end of 2026.

The company also announced two new hires from Hewlett-Packard and Google to develop vehicle software and driver assistance systems.

“Developing and scaling the next generation of electric and software-defined vehicles requires a different focus and mix of talent from the accomplished Ford team, Farley said in a statement.

Ford previously announced that Hau Thai-Tang, former head of product development and purchasing, will retire Oct. 1 after more than 34 years with the company. It announced Thursday that Dave Filipe, vice president of vehicle hardware, will retire.

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I see it as, Farley, Barra and Others, look at it as "This is how a Company should run" Never being in the Supply Chain, The Assembly Line or even remotely being In Front of the Consumer.

They just know Business, not the Wheels that make the Business work.
Who is Others? Are you saying that Barra only knows business? She's been in many different roles during her time at GM, including Supply Chain.
 

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Who is Others? Are you saying that Barra only knows business? She's been in many different roles during her time at GM, including Supply Chain.
True, that is the scarey part. Agenda is ?????? China

The whole Auto Industry is seeking EV, even though the Masses are not seeking EV. Even Wallstreet is seeing some of that now.

Step back for a short period and try to think of where things are heading? None of it makes sense. The Tesla Model hasn't proven it's self past battery life spans. Past over 5% of Vehicles on the road. The Big ones have 100+ years at doing this, facing hurdles on the way.
 

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True, that is the scarey part. Agenda is ?????? China

The whole Auto Industry is seeking EV, even though the Masses are not seeking EV. Even Wallstreet is seeing some of that now.

Step back for a short period and try to think of where things are heading? None of it makes sense. The Tesla Model hasn't proven it's self past battery life spans. Past over 5% of Vehicles on the road. The Big ones have 100+ years at doing this, facing hurdles on the way.
Sandy Monroe described this as rushing like elephants, to do the major things but missing all the finer details like needed vertical integration of critical components. You had the perfect example of this with Jim Hackett, the former CEO, all bluster about going ahead with BEVs and connectivity while assuming that battery supply was easy and nothing Ford had to worry about making its own…
We know how that worked out.

Now Farley has convinced himself to put Ford on an aggressive timetable of switching to BEVs but also scaling back on ICEs much quicker than originally expected……has he caught Barra-itis in thinking change is going to happen more quickly than buyers expect?

All of the above is truly laughable when put into todays context of restricted parts supply that sees incomplete vehicles parked up until the ebb and flow of parts catches up. I think todays restrictions are going to be with us much longer than car companies are letting on but you watch them turn a disadvantage like that into increased profit taking on fewer sales….
 
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