Stuart Rowley, previously Vice President and controller, has been named to the new position of Vice President of Strategy.
John Lawler, Vice President and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ford China, is appointed Vice President and controller, Ford, succeeding Rowley.
“Stuart and John have played key roles in delivering Ford’s long-term global growth strategy and strong financial performance,” said Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO. “These moves are part of our commitment to continue developing our leadership team and strengthening their expertise throughout the business.”
At the same time, leadership of Ford’s operations in China – including the Ford China import business as well as Ford’s passenger car joint venture Changan Ford and commercial vehicle joint venture Jiangling Motors Corporation – will be directed by Dave Schoch, Group Vice President and President of Asia Pacific. Schoch will add the title of chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ford China.
“As our growth plans in China have developed, this market is delivering an increasingly important portion of our revenue and profits globally,” said Fields. “Elevating the reporting of this business right now reflects China’s importance in our profitable growth plan going forward.”
Marin Burela, President of Changan Ford, has announced his intention to retire October 1 and is named Asia Pacific special advisor, reporting to Schoch in the interim.
“During his 32-year career at Ford, Marin has made significant contributions to our operations globally, including leading the development of our global small car portfolio and building Changan Ford into a very successful business in the world’s largest car market,” said Schoch. “We are grateful for his many years of service and wish him all the best going forward.”
Nigel Harris, President and Managing Director of Ford India is elected a company officer and named president of Changan Ford, succeeding Burela. Harris’ successor will be named at a later date.
Burela’s and Harris’ appointments are effective July 1. All other moves are effective immediately.