Joe Hinrichs has been appointed President, Automotive, effective May 1. In this role, he will lead Ford’s drive to strengthen its Automotive operations and help deliver a sustainable global EBIT margin of at least 8%. Hinrichs will have responsibility for Ford’s global business units – North America, South America, Europe, China, and the International Markets Group. He will also oversee both the Ford and Lincoln brands.
In addition, Hinrichs will lead all of Ford’s automotive skill teams including Product Development, Purchasing, Enterprise Product Line Management, Manufacturing & Labor Affairs, Marketing, Sales & Service, Quality & New Model Launch, Sustainability, Environmental & Safety Engineering, Information Technology, Customer Experience, and Government Affairs.
Jim Farley will take over as President, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy, effective May 1. Farley will spearhead Ford’s strategic transformation into a higher growth, higher margin business by leveraging smart, connected vehicles and breakthrough customer experiences. In this role, Farley will oversee Corporate Strategy, Global Data Insights & Analytics, Global Partnerships, Research & Advanced Engineering as well as Ford Smart Mobility and Ford Autonomous Vehicles. Both Farley and Hinrichs will continue to report to Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett.
Hackett said, “As we enter a busy period for new product launches and further restructuring in underperforming markets, Joe’s leadership in transforming businesses through focused execution will be key.”
“Jim Farley’s job is to drive us into the future, both strategically and operationally, from AVs to mobility experiences to leveraging AI and big data. Jim combines an innate feel for what customers want and need in vehicles and the ability to translate this into the vehicles and services of the future,” Hackett said.
John Lawler, also will take on an expanded role as Vice President, Strategy. Reporting to Farley, Lawler will lead Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Global Data Insights and Analytics.
After 36 years with Ford, Marcy Klevorn, President of Ford Mobility, has announced plans to retire Oct. 1. Until then, Marcy will report to Hackett and work with Ford’s senior leadership team on key transformational opportunities.
In this role, Klevorn will help refine the company’s corporate governance systems, facilitate faster adoption of agile teams across the business and ensure process improvements across the enterprise. She will also continue to facilitate strategic partnerships with key technology partners as well as continue to champion Ford’s Professional Women’s Network and support the company’s diversity efforts.
“I have asked Marcy to work with me and the senior team to accelerate our transformation,” Hackett said. “Marcy’s decades of experience working with many of the leading companies in the tech space as well as the work she has done with the transformation of Ford IT and the establishment of Ford Mobility gives her unique knowledge to drive these initiatives.”
Klevorn was appointed leader of Ford Mobility in June 2017. Over the past two years, she redesigned the organisation to focus on delivery of great products and services, to nurture and grow new businesses, to support city customers, and to incubate new ideas.
Through her leadership, the Ford Mobility team put in place the pillars for the company’s transition toward mobility services, including the establishment of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, the acquisition of Autonomic and creation of the Transportation Mobility Cloud and the company’s commitment to 100% vehicle connectivity globally.
In addition, she led the expansion of FordPass, directed the growth of several revenue generating businesses including Ford Commercial Solutions, GoRide Health, and the City:One Challenges, and she steered the acquisition of others including Spin and Transloc. Prior to becoming President of Ford Mobility, Marcy served as the company’s Chief Information Officer, where she led the transformation of IT into a product-led organisation.
Laurent Fabre is taking over the Passive Safety & Sensorics (PSS) Business Unit from Dr. Klumpp and moving into Chassis & Safety Division management as a new member. His most recent position was the Head of the Electronic Chassis Components segment within PSS. Prior to this, he managed Synerject’s Business Development and Sales and Marketing before becoming General Manager there.
He is now responsible for a product portfolio ranging from Chassis and Safety Sensor Technology to Occupant Safety Systems. He will begin with an overview of the whole business unit – primary the various plants, their competencies, and their people. Besides “Quality First”, Fabre will then concentrate on the development of the business units’ product portfolio.
All business unit heads will report directly to Frank Jourdan, Head of the Chassis & Safety Division and member of the Executive Board of Continental AG, in their new roles. The Chassis & Safety Division continues to consist of four business units: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems headed by Karl Haupt, Hydraulic Brake Systems headed by Dr. Bernhard Klumpp, Passive Safety & Sensorics headed by Laurent Fabre, and Vehicle Dynamics headed by Matthias Matic.
In addition, the Chassis & Safety Division will be renamed “Autonomous Mobility and Safety” at the beginning of 2020, and its business results will be reported under the new “Automotive Technologies” group sector starting in fiscal 2020.
Christian Swahn has a long and accomplished background in leading global purchasing functions for industrial companies. With this appointment, he returns to Autoliv where he was employed in the early 2000s. In the interim, he has worked in senior management positions within SKF, Volvo Penta, and Finnveden. His current assignment is "Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing", at Volvo Bus Corporation.
In his new role, Christian Swahn will have the global responsibility for Supply Chain Management, an area of key strategic importance for Autoliv.
"It is with great pleasure I welcome Christian Swahn back to Autoliv. His extensive experience and deep knowledge within purchasing in the industrial and automotive sector will be very valuable in the development of our supply chain management. This is an area where I believe that we have great potential to drive further improvements", said Autoliv's President and CEO Mikael Bratt.
Christian Swahn holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and an Executive MBA from the School of Business, Economics and Law, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
He succeeds Mike Moloney who retired on January 4, 2019.
Following roles in Mini marketing planning and product management, he took on responsibility for Mini brand management internationally, before moving to the BMW brand in 2010. At BMW, he led the product portfolio strategy team before moving to China, where he was responsible for Business Development. Following his return to Munich, Bernd was in charge of global brand strategy and brand management for BMW.
“Bernd Körber is both experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to the Mini brand,” said Pieter Nota, BMW AG Management Board Member for Customer, Brands and Sales. “I’m looking forward to working with him as we drive Mini towards an electric, dynamic and urban future.”
Later this year, the brand will expand its electrified portfolio when it presents the Mini Cooper SE, the first fully-electric series production Mini. More electrified models will follow. In 2020, the brand will launch the fastest series Mini of all time: the John Cooper Works GP.
In his new role as Head of Mini, Bernd Körber follows Sebastian Mackensen, who in October 2018 took on responsibility for BMW Group sales in Germany.