Doug Field and Jim Baumbick // Courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, today announced leadership changes to support the large-scale development of electric vehicles, strengthen the internal combustion product line and transform the company’s global supply chain management.

In particular:

  • Doug Field has been named chief product development and technology officer. In this expanded role, Field will continue to oversee electric vehicle products, software and digital systems development and advanced driver assistance, as well as take on the design and development of the vehicle’s hardware.
  • Lisa Drake, vice president of electric vehicle industrialization, will now also be responsible for production technology as Ford ramps up production to 2 million electric vehicles per year by the end of 2026.
  • Chuck Gray, who was vice president of electric vehicle technology, has been named vice president of automotive equipment development.

Both Drake and Gray report to Field, as does Anthony Law, Ford’s chief design officer.

“As we enter a busy period with Ford Model e and our $50 billion investment in breakthrough electric and digital vehicles, Doug, Lisa and Chuck are taking on more important roles and building a very capable team,” said Jim Farley, President and CEO. Ford.

“Developing and scaling the next generation of electric and software-driven vehicles requires a different focus and combination of talents from Ford’s experienced team and the many exciting new colleagues joining our company.”

These new colleagues include four leaders with Silicon Valley credentials who will strengthen Ford’s efforts to develop fully connected, software-defined vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.

— Roz Ho has been appointed Chief Vehicle Software Specialist. Ho comes to Ford next month from HP, where she was vice president and head of software. She previously held several leadership positions during her 22-year tenure at Microsoft.

— Ho will work closely with Jae Park, who recently joined Ford as vice president of digital product design after successful stints at Google and Amazon.

— They join Sammy Amara, executive director of advanced driver assistance technologies (formerly Motional, a Hyundai/Aptiv joint venture), and Rob Bedicek, executive director of platform architecture (formerly of Intel and Apple).

As Ford continues to build its portfolio of Ford Model e and Ford Blue internal combustion electric vehicles, Jim Baumbick is taking on additional responsibilities. He was named vice president of product development, cycle planning and internal combustion engine programs.

Baumbick will oversee the development of all Ford Blue products, as well as manage cycle planning, vehicle development and product development for all of Ford. He will report to Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford Blue, and will work closely with Field and his team on the broader development of all Ford products.

“Jim Baumbick has been the driving force behind our incredible Ford Blue lineup, built around icons like the F-Series, Mustang, Ranger and Bronco, and new hits like the Maverick, which have led to significant demand and market share growth,” says Farley . “We are building on this strong foundation with exciting new cars and derivatives that will appeal to customers around the world.”

At the same time, Ford is transforming its global supply chain management capabilities to support efficient and reliable component sourcing, in-house development of key technologies and capabilities, and cost and quality of execution.

John Lawler, Ford’s chief financial officer, will lead Ford’s global supply chain organization on an interim basis until a chief supply chain officer is selected. Jonathan Jennings, vice president of supply chain, will also assume additional responsibility for technical support and supplier quality. He will report to Lawler.

As previously announced, Hau Tai-Tang, chief industrial platform officer, will retire on October 1 after a more than 34-year career at Ford. The automaker also announced that Dave Filipe, vice president of vehicle hardware modules, will retire on Dec. 1 after 30 years with Ford.

“We are grateful to Howe and Dave for their significant contributions to Ford and our Ford+ plan, which has helped set the stage for our exciting future,” says Farley.