Ford announced on Thursday (22) a change in management and rationalization of its product development and supply chain units, days after signaling a likely increase in inventory of up to 45,000 vehicles that may be in need of certain parts to be repaired. completed.
The automaker said Chief Financial Officer John Lawler will take on additional responsibility for overseeing the restructuring of global supply operations until a new head of the business is appointed.
Earlier this year, Ford said its electric vehicle and combustion engine units would be managed as separate entities, in a move aimed at accelerating the electric vehicle business.
To drive battery-powered vehicle development, Ford has announced the appointment of Doug Field as director of advanced product development as well as chief technology officer.
In the expanded role, Field will oversee electric vehicle products, software and digital systems development and advanced driver assistance, Ford said.
Field, who previously led Apple’s car project, was hired by Ford last year to lead the automaker’s efforts in advanced technology and embedded systems.
“Developing and scaling the next generation of electric and software-defined vehicles requires a different focus and mix of talent,” Chief Executive Jim Farley said in a statement.
The company also said it is hiring former HP and Google employees to support the development of fully connected, software-based vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.
Source: CNN Brasil