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Ford announces senior leadership team changes

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Dearborn, Mich., USA – Ford Motor Company is announcing a series of changes within its senior leadership team, effective August 1, 2013.[break]



Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing, has elected to retire.

Mr. Brown is group vice president, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company, effective April 1, 2008. He had been senior vice president for Global Purchasing since September 2004, and had been vice president for the same area since January 2002. Before being named vice president, he was executive director, Manufacturing Procurement Operations – Ford Global Purchasing. Before his role as executive director, he was director, Ford Purchasing Global Strategic Planning and Process Leadership.

Mr. Brown joined Ford in July 1999 from United Technologies Automotive, where he was vice president of Supply Management. Before joining United Technologies Automotive, he was executive director of corporate purchasing and transportation for QMS Inc., a maker and provider of networked enterprise printing solutions.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from American International College in Springfield, Mass.

Succeeding Mr. Brown as group vice president, Global Purchasing is Hau Thai - July 16, 2013, Dearborn, Mich., USA – Ford Motor Company is announcing a series of changes within its senior leadership team, effective August 1, 2013.





Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing, has elected to retire.

Mr. Brown is group vice president, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company, effective April 1, 2008. He had been senior vice president for Global Purchasing since September 2004, and had been vice president for the same area since January 2002. Before being named vice president, he was executive director, Manufacturing Procurement Operations – Ford Global Purchasing. Before his role as executive director, he was director, Ford Purchasing Global Strategic Planning and Process Leadership.

Mr. Brown joined Ford in July 1999 from United Technologies Automotive, where he was vice president of Supply Management. Before joining United Technologies Automotive, he was executive director of corporate purchasing and transportation for QMS Inc., a maker and provider of networked enterprise printing solutions.

He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from American International College in Springfield, Mass.

Succeeding Mr. Brown as group vice president, Global Purchasing is Hau Thai-Tang.

Mr. Thai-Tang currently is vice president, Engineering. His extensive global experience leading the company's global engineering operations in North America, South America and Europe will enable him to bring the same One Ford approach to Ford's purchasing.

Ford also announced that Birgit Behrendt is elected a Ford Motor Company officer and named vice president, Global Programs & Purchasing Operations, and that Burt Jordan is elected a Ford Motor Company officer and named vice president, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing & Supplier Diversity.

Currently executive director, Global Programs and the Americas Purchasing, Ms. Behrendt will have operational purchasing responsibility for all the regions of the world and for partnering with Ford's suppliers to accelerate their integration into the early phases of the company's global product development system.

Ms. Behrendt joined Ford in 1978 and has served in a variety of leadership positions within global commodity management, powertrain operations and purchasing in Europe and the U.S. She frequently has been honored as one of the industry's top female automotive leaders.

Since joining Ford in 1999, Mr. Jordan has led Ford's Purchasing activities in Asia Pacific and at Mazda, and has extensive experience in vehicle and powertrain purchasing – most recently leading the company's global powertrain and vehicle purchasing organization. He has been honored several times as one of the industry's most influential African American automotive business leaders.

In parallel with these moves, Kumar Galhotra is appointed vice president, Engineering, succeeding Mr. Thai-Tang.

Currently vice president, Product Development, Asia Pacific, Mr. Galhotra will oversee global engineering for the development of all Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Since joining the company in 1988, Mr. Galhotra has held various positions in product development. In his recent role, he has led the team that developed Ford's aggressive plan to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to Asia Pacific by mid-decade.

Succeeding Mr. Galhotra is Trevor Worthington, who is elected a Ford Motor Company officer and appointed vice president, Product Development, Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai.

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