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Old 05-23-2017, 02:32 AM
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Media.Ford.com | May 22, 2017 | DEARBORN
Ford Appoints Jim Hackett as CEO to Strengthen Operations, Transform for Future; Farley, Hinrichs, Klevorn Take on New Roles

• Jim Hackett named as Ford Motor Company president and CEO, succeeding Mark Fields, who is retiring. Hackett, who will report to Executive Chairman Bill Ford, is recognized as a transformational business leader
• Hackett led Steelcase Inc.’s turnaround to become the world’s No. 1 office furniture maker, served as interim Athletic Director at University of Michigan and has led Ford Smart Mobility LLC since March 2016. He served on Ford’s board from 2013 to 2016
• Hackett, together with Bill Ford, will focus on three priorities: Sharpening operational execution, modernizing Ford’s present business and transforming the company to meet tomorrow’s challenges
• Ford also named leaders to three new roles under Hackett. Jim Farley is appointed executive vice president and president, Global Markets, Joe Hinrichs is appointed executive vice president and president, Global Operations, and Marcy Klevorn is appointed executive vice president and president, Mobility
• Mark Truby is appointed vice president, Communications, and elected a company officer. He succeeds Ray Day, who plans to retire from the company next year and will provide consulting services until then
• Paul Ballew is appointed vice president and Chief Data and Analytics Officer
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:02 PM
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While I generally liked Fields as a leader - he had an impossible job; following Mulullay. Further - Mulullay's success was largely because he wasn't a car guy - so he could look at things very objectively. And this worked - big time.

While Fields is a car guy (from what I've read) - what products under his watch have really been a home run? The new F150 was largely complete when he took the reigns - but the launch (while solid) - is still underperforming vs. the competition (ie - their share of truck sales are down). The Edge was baked by the time he took over - as was the Escape. The Mustang is doing well... But, where is the revolutionary new face of Ford? QC arguably has slipped a bit (which went through the roof under Mulullay)... I'd say his biggest accomplishment is the new Continental - which is doing well, but not enough to completely save that brand.

Their share price and sales have also slipped.

I wish Ford well - but I think hiring a furniture guy is a massive mistake. Cars are MUCH more complex...Mulullary came from Boeing - so he got the attention to detail needed ./ complexities of automotive. Bill said he was impressed b/c the new guys office furniture did well during the great recession ... so?
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Fields was a mediocre leader.

He took all the momentum that Mulally created and squandered it.

Product development under him was stale.

With the new Fiesta and Focus being on the same platforms as before and with the Fusion's facelift so subtle that you have to have the current and previous cars to see the changes, he chose stagnation. The Ecosport is bandaid engineered for the USA.

A decisive leader is needed because convincing product is how a company keeps profits strong.
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Rating Fields on North American products only is not prudent. There are many products sold around the world that we don't get to see.

If Fusion's Evolution is a sign of weakness, its amazing we all have come as far as we have since crawling out of the ecoto-plasmic lagoons.
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Rating Fields on North American products only is not prudent. There are many products sold around the world that we don't get to see.

If Fusion's Evolution is a sign of weakness, its amazing we all have come as far as we have since crawling out of the ecoto-plasmic lagoons.
The Fusion update barely had any changes. We get / will get a significant amount of cars in common from across the pond and vice versa

USA/Around the world
Fiesta/Fiesta
Focus/Focus
Fusion/Mondeo
Escape/Kuga
Ecosport/Ecosport
Transit Connect/Transit Connect
Transit/Transit
Everest/Bronco
Ranger/Ranger
Mustang/Mustang
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The Fusion update barely had any changes. We get / will get a significant amount of cars in common from across the pond and vice versa

USA/Around the world
Fiesta/Fiesta
Focus/Focus
Fusion/Mondeo
Escape/Kuga
Ecosport/Ecosport
Transit Connect/Transit Connect
Transit/Transit
Everest/Bronco
Ranger/Ranger
Mustang/Mustang
You're missing Ka, Bmax, Cmax (US version one gen behind ROW), Smax, Galaxy, Tourneo, Tourneo Custom, Transit Custom, Falcon (and probably more) let alone all the engines and transmission variations we can't get., thanks to the emissions regs.
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You're missing Ka, Bmax, Cmax (US version one gen behind ROW), Smax, Galaxy, Tourneo, Tourneo Custom, Transit Custom, Falcon (and probably more) let alone all the engines and transmission variations we can't get., thanks to the emissions regs.
Largely irrelevant and/or lackluster products on that list...
Ka is no loss as it is a class trailing design.
Bmax is too small.
Cmax was a dismal failure so no loss there.
a version of the Tourneo is sold here as the Transit Connect with windows
No one wants minivans so the minivan examples are largely pointless.
Falcon is dead and was a rehash of a rehash of a rehash anyway
Yeah, let's bring in engines that won't pass smog. That idea worked WONDERS for VW.
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The new F150 was largely complete when he took the reigns - but the launch (while solid) - is still underperforming vs. the competition (ie - their share of truck sales are down).
I don't disagree with much of your post, but this bit here is factually incorrect. In 2017, F150 sales are up 7.4% April YTD at 276k units.Meanwhile, Chevy has lost sales at a rate of 5.8% April YTD, while Ram has gainied 5.8% April YTD. Chevy is in real danger of losing second place in 2017 to Ram.

From 2013 to 2016, F150 sales increased from 679k units to 821k units. The F150 has not lost market share. Period. The F150 is kicking the competition's ass.

For all Ford might have done wrong, the one thing they have done and continue to do right is to take care of the crown jewel, the F150.
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Hackett is a place holder while Farley continues to get groomed for the top job.

If Hackett can help the automotive guys to actually manage the business, and improve processes and decision making models, then his furniture experience will not be a problem. As Swiz stated, Fields essentially squandered the momentum that Mulally built. Hackett needs to focus the talent on hand at Ford to the task at hand, and regain what was lost.
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Cmax (US version one gen behind ROW)
behind on a facelift, not a generation.
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