Within 72 hours of Wall Street being warned it planned to spend $1 billion more than expected on supply chain costs this quarter, Ford Motor Co. Valley technical talent.
Parts shortages slow production and delivery, frustrate customers and disappoint investors. Pickups awaiting parts are stored in lots around Dearborn and other cities.
Ford, which saw its stock price plummet on the disappointing news, said in a press release Monday that these latest leadership changes would “strengthen product creation and transform global supply chain management.”
The company noted in the release that the situation is fluid as it looks for a leader to manage the situation.
Ford continues to poach executives from leading Silicon Valley companies as the 119-year-old automaker digs deeper into electric vehicle (EV) production and digital connectivity.
The latest management changes are:
- Doug Field expand his job as chief advanced product development and technology officer while: Ford Model e increases his all-electric operations. He will continue to oversee electric vehicle development, software and digital systems development and driver assistance, while now working on vehicle design and hardware engineering.
- Jim Baumbick takes on the role of Vice President, Product Development Activities, Cycle Planning and internal combustion engine programs to lead all product development for Ford Blue.
- John Lawler, Ford’s chief financial officer, is acting as interim chief global supply chain officer to “oversee a makeover of Ford’s global supply chain operations” until someone is selected for the job.
- Roz Ho joined the company in October after three years as vice president and global head of software at HP in Palo Alto, California, and before that at companies including Microsoft.
- Jae Park, a former vice president at Google and Amazon, joined Ford in August as vice president, digital product design, according to his LinkedIn company profile. He spent more than 11 years at Microsoft as a creative director and design leader.
- Sammy Omari joins Ford as Executive Director of Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies. His LinkedIn profile describes him as Vice President of Engineering, Head of Autonomy and Mapping at Motional, the self-driving car joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv. Previously, Omari oversaw motion planning, software motion control, and forecasting at Lyft. He also worked as a technical director, responsible for robotics, computer vision and machine learning, at GoPro.
- Rob Bedichek, formerly of Intel and Apple, will continue his position as executive director of platform architecture that he started in December, according to LinkedIn. He designs computer systems and services. Ford announced his appointment with these latest developments.
- Lisa Drake, vice president, EV industrialization, now runs production engineering as Ford works to produce 2 million electric vehicles annually by the end of 2026.
- Chuck Gray, who was vice president of EV technology, became vice president, vehicle hardware engineering.
- Both Drake and Gray report to Field, as does Anthony Lo, Ford’s chief design officer.
- Jonathan Jennings, vice president, supply chain, takes additional responsibility for technical assistance and supplier quality, reporting to Lawler.
Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a statement: “Developing and scaling the next generation of electric and software-defined vehicles requires a different focus and mix of talent from the veteran Ford team and many exciting new colleagues joining our company. .”
In July, Ford hired former Tesla exec Annie Liu to secure supplies.
“Ford is transforming its global supply chain management capability to support efficient and reliable component procurement, in-house development of key technologies and capabilities, and world-class cost and quality execution,” Farley said in the press release.
Ford’s profit-generating Blue Ford gasoline-powered vehicle lineup that includes F-Series, Mustang, Ranger and Bronco, and Maverick remains essential to the overall strategy as it “has significantly increased demand and market share,” Farley said.
Earlier, Ford has announced that Hau Thai-Tang, chief industrial platform officer, will retire on October 1.and Dave Filipe, vice president, vehicle hardware modules, will retire on December 1. They have all worked at Ford for three decades.
Thousands of vehicles are still waiting
On Monday, the automaker released grim news about chip shortages and other issues. Ford said in a press release it expected to have an estimated 40,000 to 45,000 partially built vehicles stored on lots in several cities by the end of September awaiting parts. The company will report its third quarter financial data on Oct. 26.
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