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Fields: Exec moves key to Ford success

President of Americas division says new global management structure assists U.S. turnaround.

Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News

LOUISVILLE -- Mark Fields, president of Ford Motor Co.'s Americas division, said Monday that the global restructuring of the automaker's management team will help give him the resources he needs to turn around the company's struggling North American business.

Last week, Ford promoted Field's product development chief, Derrick Kuzak, to the newly created post of director of global product development and reorganized the command chain so that Kuzak and other executives, like purchasing chief Tony Brown, now report directly to Alan Mulally, Ford's new CEO. The moves are part of Mulally's effort to flatten the company's management structure and consolidate Ford's global operations.

Speaking to reporters after the official launch of Ford's 2008 Super Duty pickup at the Kentucky Truck Plant on Monday, Fields said the reorganization will allow Ford to better leverage its global product development resources. But he said it will take years for the effort to bear its full fruits.

"It accelerates getting our products to market as we share architecture and components," Fields said.

Fields said Ford is already doing that to some degree with vehicles such as the Ford Fusion, which shares a common platform with the Mazda6, and the Volvo S40, which uses the same basic architecture as the Mazda3. But he said the more tightly knit product development organization being created by Mulally will allow for even deeper collaborations in the future.

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