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As we reported earlier, The Americas team is headed by president Mark Fields, supported by Anne Stevens, chief operating officer. Additional appointments announced today by Fields, Ford chairman and CEO Bill Ford and Jim Padilla, Ford president and COO, include:

  • Derrick Kuzak, group VP Product Development (formerly VP North America Engineering)

  • Dave Szczupak, group VP Manufacturing (formerly VP Powertrain Operations)

  • Barb Samardzich, succeeds Szuczpak as VP Powertrain Operations (formerly executive director, small FWD and RWD vehicles)

  • Joe Hinrichs, VP North America Vehicle Operations (formerly president and CEO, Ford Canada)

Now that Fields has his hand-picked team in place, it should be interesting to watch them go to work in the coming months to turn around Ford's North American operations.

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