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US:Ford Announces Executive Appointments at Premier Automotive Group, The Americas

Ford Announces Executive Appointments at Premier Automotive Group, The Americas

The Auto Channel

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Company today announced the following executive officer appointments and elections at two of its automotive operating groups, Premier Automotive Group and The Americas:

Premier Automotive Group:

-- Effective September 1, Joe Greenwell is appointed vice president, Government Affairs, Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe, a new position created to develop and coordinate the Company's strategy with government and other official bodies in Europe. He will report to Mark Fields, executive vice president, Premier Automotive Group and Ford of Europe, and Steve Biegun, vice president, International Governmental Affairs. Also, Wolfgang Schneider, vice president, Legal, Governmental Affairs and Environmental and Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe, continues to report to Lewis Booth, group vice president, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, and has a coordinating relationship with Steve Biegun.

-- Succeeding Greenwell is Geoff Polites, who is appointed chief executive officer, Jaguar and Land Rover, effective September 1, 2005. Polites currently serves as Ford of Europe's vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service. Polites, whose successor will be named at a later date, will report to Fields.

-- Fredrik Arp is elected a vice president of the Company, effective September 1, 2005. Last month, Ford announced Arp's appointment as president and chief executive officer of Volvo Cars Corp., reporting to Fields. He succeeds Hans-Olov Olsson, who will become Volvo Cars' chairman of the board. Arp presently serves as president and CEO of Trelleborg AB, a Sweden-based global auto industry supplier specializing in advanced polymer technologies.

Commenting on the appointments, Fields said, "During Joe's tenure, Land Rover has launched a number of award-winning new products and Jaguar has laid the foundation for addressing its business issues. In the current political environment in Europe, it is very important for us to have a stronger voice with government, and Joe is ideally suited to be that voice, given his extensive experience and regard across the Continent. In Geoff, Jaguar and Land Rover will have a proven leader who has led a significant turnaround at Ford of Australia, and has demonstrated his sales and marketing skills around the globe, including as an automotive retailer. And as I've noted before, Fredrik is a strong executive addition to Volvo, bringing valuable industry sales and manufacturing experience to a great global brand."

The Americas:

In another related appointment, the Company also announced Bennie Fowler is moving to Dearborn to become vice president, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, the Americas, effective August 1, 2005. Fowler, who currently serves as chief operating officer, Jaguar and Land Rover, succeeds Al Ver, who was recently appointed chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the new business entity Ford is planning to form later this year, which will assume control of 24 plants and facilities being transferred to the Company from Visteon Corp., its largest supplier. In his new role, Fowler will report to Roman Krygier, group vice president, Global Manufacturing.

Commenting on Fowler's new role, Fields said, "Bennie has steered through some significant changes at Jaguar and Land Rover during his time as COO. On the manufacturing side, this has included the adoption of lean manufacturing principles and our new quality operating system and on the product side, the introduction of several successful new vehicles. His time in the UK has been an important step in his development as a senior leader in Ford manufacturing. We wish him well in his new role."

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 324,000 employees and 110 manufacturing facilities worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Quality Care and Hertz Corporation.
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