Ford reorganizes the management team after warning of problems in the supply chain

Within 72 hours of a notice to Wall Street that it planned to spend $ 1 billion more than expected this quarter on supply chain costs, Ford Motor Co. announced the reorganization of part of its management team that oversees the management of the supply chain and product development, adding even more silicon Valley technology talent.

The shortage of components delays production and delivery, frustrates customers and disappoints investors. Pickups awaiting parts are stocked in batches around Dearborn and other cities.

Ford, which saw its share price drop with the disappointing news, said in a press release Monday that these latest leadership changes “will strengthen product creation and transform global supply chain management.”

The company noted in the release that the situation is fluid as it seeks a leader to handle the situation.

Ford President and CEO Jim Farley speaks to the media after he and DTE officials announced at a press conference at the Wayne Ford Michigan Assembly Plant Modification Center on August 10, 2022, a historic agreement between the two entities in which Ford will power all its Michigan factories with sustainable energy.

Ford continues to hunt down executives from high-profile Silicon Valley companies as the 119-year-old automaker pushes deeper into electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing and digital connectivity.

The latest management changes include:

  • Doug Field expands his work as head of advanced product development and technology while Ford Model and increases its all-electric operations. He will continue to oversee electric vehicles, software and digital systems development and driver assistance, while now taking over the vehicle’s hardware design and engineering.
  • Jim Baumbick takes on the role of Vice President, Product Development Operations, Cycle Planning and Internal Combustion Engine Programs to manage all product development for Ford Blue.
  • John Lawler, Ford’s Chief Financial Officer, steps in as interim Chief Global Supply Chain Officer to “oversee a redesign of Ford’s global supply chain operations” until someone is chosen for the job.
  • Roz Ho joined the company in October after serving three years as vice president and global software manager at HP in Palo Alto, California, and before that at companies including Microsoft.
  • Jae Park, former vice president of Google and Amazon, joined Ford in August as vice president of digital product design, according to his company profile on LinkedIn. He spent more than 11 years at Microsoft as creative director and head of design.
  • Sammy Omari joins Ford as Executive Director of Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies. His LinkedIn profile describes him as vice president of engineering, responsible for autonomy and mapping at Motional, the driverless vehicle joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv. Previously, Omari oversaw motion planning, software motion controls, and forecasting at Lyft. He also served as the director of engineering, responsible for robotics, machine vision and machine learning, at GoPro.
  • According to LinkedIn, Rob Bedichek, formerly of Intel and Apple, continues the role of executive director of platform architecture that he began in December. He designs computer systems and services. Ford has announced its hiring with these latest developments.
  • Lisa Drake, vice president of electric vehicle industrialization, now manages manufacturing engineering as Ford works to reach a production rate of 2 million electric vehicles per year by the end of 2026.
  • Chuck Gray, who was vice president, EV technology, becoming 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 of Supply Chain, takes on additional responsibilities for technical support and supplier quality and reports to Lawler.

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