• Jul 15, 2010
Ford Motor Company is making changes at the top of its organization, including an expanding roll for up-and-coming marketing chief Jim Farley. A new Detroit Free Press report indicates that the former Toyota marketing whiz will be elevated to the roll of global marketing chief effective August 1. That's significant in part because this will be the first time The Blue Oval has ever had a head of global marketing – in the past the job was handled on a regional basis.

In other FoMoCo management moves, Stephen Odell, vice president and CEO of Volvo Cars, will move over to the top spot at Ford of Europe as soon as the sale of Volvo is completed. The move will free current head of Ford Of Europe John Flemming to concentrate on his other role as head of global manufacturing and labor affairs. The top spot in labor figures to be a particularly important post in the near-term due to the 2011 contract negotiations scheduled with the United Auto Workers.

[Source: Detroit Free Press | Image: Ford]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Jim Farley is well deserving of his new position. He is very smart, knowledgeable and very articulate. Congratulations to Jim and Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have read that Jims Grandad owned a Lincoln dealership way back in the day and had given him some good advice to learn everything he could about the competition, then come back to Ford. He did great things for Lexus, but not so much for Tundra. I wish he could have been given the chore of reinventing Mercury B-4 it was dropped after 71 years. Mercury is one of the few US brands to have been established by an auto company, not purchased, i.e. Plymouth is another that comes to mine. All GM brands were purchased, Dodge was purchased, even Lincoln was purchased from Henry Leland who brought Cadillac to market, the same company that Henry Ford worked for B-4 establishing FoMoCo. The Henry Ford Company was totally different from the FoMoCo established by old Henry himself!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's ROLE, not "roll"!

      So that should read as follows:
      "the former Toyota marketing whiz will be elevated to the ROLE of global marketing chief"
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why didn't he go into comedy like his brother Chris?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chris was his cousin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah that didn't really work out to well for Chris in the end.