Ford Europe CEO Bio.
BIOGRAPHY: DAVID THURSFIELDTitle: Chairman, CEO & Pres., Ford Europe; Group VP, Ford Motor Co.
David W. Thursfield, 56, is chairman, chief executive officer and president of Ford of Europe, a position he assumed Aug. 1, 2001. He was appointed a group vice president on Nov. 7, 2001.
He was previously president, Ford of Europe, from January 2000, and elected president and chief executive officer at the beginning of 2001. Prior to this he held the position of vice president, Vehicle Operations, Ford Automotive Operations, since January 1998.
In 1996, he moved to the United States and began working as Vehicle Operations manager for Ford Automotive Operations with responsibility for plants in North America and Australia. Prior to this appointment, he served in the same capacity in Cologne, Germany; responsible for Ford's European and South American operations.
From 1992 to 1996, Thursfield was director, Body and Assembly Operations, Ford of Europe. From 1984 to 1992, he worked as general manufacturing manager of Valencia Operations, Dagenham Operations; and as general operations manager for the following areas: Halewood, Saarlouis, Valencia Operations, Dagenham, Genk, Niehl Operations, and Body and Assembly Operations.
Prior to these appointments, Thursfield was general operations manager, Automotive Assembly Operations, Ford Australia, a position he held until 1984.
Thursfield came to Ford in 1979 as plant manager of the Broadmeadows Car Assembly Plant in Australia, after working as a plant manager with British Leyland. He earned degrees in production engineering from Aston University in Birmingham, England in 1965 and in industrial psychology from Brunel University.