Ford Brings Back Marakby To Head Electrification Team

2 months ago by Mark Kane 11

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After the ouster of former CEO Mark Fields, Ford announced that Sherif Marakby has rejoined Ford as vice president, Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification under new President and CEO Jim Hackett.

Sherif Marakby

Marakby, the former director of Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering, worked for Ford for 25 years but departed to Uber in April 2016.

After just one year, he now leaves Uber and takes over two most important areas for future of Ford – EVs and autonomous driving…so we are just guessing the the Board of Directors for Ford didn’t agree with its former CEO Fields letting Marakby go in  the first place?

“Sherif Marakby is appointed to a newly created position of vice president, Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, effective June 12. He is elected a corporate officer. Marakby, 51, previously worked at Ford for more than 25 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions in Product Development in North America and Europe. He has extensive background in electrification, having led the team to deliver a battery electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles.”

Press blast:

Ford Announces Global Leadership Team Appointments

  • Ford Motor Company announces executive appointments, completing its senior leadership team under new President and CEO Jim Hackett
  • Appointments support revamped organizational structure, including Global Markets, Global Operations and Mobility
  • Raj Nair to lead Ford North America; Steven Armstrong will lead Ford of Europe, Middle East & Africa; Peter Fleet to lead Ford Asia Pacific
  • Dave Schoch retiring after 40-year career at Ford
  • Hau Thai-Tang to lead Global Product Development and Purchasing
  • Sherif Marakby rejoins Ford as vice president, autonomous vehicles and electrification
  • Ken Washington named vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering, and chief technology officer
  • Neil Schloss is appointed vice president and chief financial officer, Mobility
  • Kenneth R. Kent is named vice president and treasurer
  • Bradley Gayton is appointed group vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel
  • Jeff Lemmer is elected chief operating officer, Information Technology

DEARBORN, Mich., May 25, 2017 – Ford Motor Company today announced senior leadership appointments around the world, completing the newly reorganized team led by President and CEO Jim Hackett.

“The leadership changes we are announcing today across our global business are important as we foster even greater teamwork, accountability and nimble decision-making,” Hackett said. “I am excited to work together with Bill Ford and such a talented and diverse group of leaders to create a more vibrant Ford that delivers value for all of our stakeholders.”

Hackett was announced as president and CEO on Monday by Executive Chairman Bill Ford. The two leaders emphasized three priorities:

  • Sharpening operational execution across the global business while decisively addressing underperforming parts of the business
  • Modernizing Ford’s business, using new tools and techniques to unleash innovation, speed decision making, improve efficiency and more
  • Transforming to meet future challenges, ensuring the company has the right culture, talent, strategic processes and nimbleness to succeed as society’s needs and consumer behavior changes over time

At the same time, Ford named three new leaders reporting to Hackett – Global Markets, Global Operations and Mobility. Consistent with this shift, new leadership appointments are being announced within each of the three new functions:

Global Markets: Reporting to Jim Farley, executive vice president and president, Global Markets, new appointments and changes include:

  • Raj Nair is named executive vice president and president, North America, succeeding Joe Hinrichs. Nair, 52, previously served as executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer, leading the company’s global Product Development operations and playing a key role in the company’s mobility efforts. His new appointment is effective June 1.
  • As part of previously planned organizational change, Dave Schoch, group vice president and president Asia Pacific, has announced his intention to retire, after 40 years with Ford. Schoch, 66, has led the company’s Asia Pacific operations for the past five years during the biggest and most aggressive expansion within the region in Ford history. He has served in a variety of positions around the world, including controller, The Americas; executive director, Ford Canada, Mexico and South America; chief financial officer and vice president of Strategic Planning for Ford of Europe, and chief financial officer of Ford Asia-Pacific Operations. His retirement is effective Aug. 1.

“Dave has been a fantastic leader and a role model for many at Ford during his four decades in the company,” Hackett said. “Over the past five years, Dave has been a key architect of our tremendous growth in China, and overall success in Asia Pacific.”

  • Peter Fleet is named group vice president and president, Asia Pacific, succeeding Dave Schoch. Fleet, 50, will lead all Ford’s operations and partnerships in Asia Pacific. As chairman and CEO of Ford China, he also will lead Ford’s operations in China – including Lincoln, the Ford China import business as well as Ford’s passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford, and investment with Jiangling Motors Corporation. His appointment is effective July 1. Fleet previously served as vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Asia Pacific.
  • Mark Ovenden is named vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Asia Pacific. Ovenden, 53, will lead the Marketing, Sales and Service functions across the Asia Pacific region, reporting to Fleet. Mark also is elected a company officer. His appointment is effective July 1. Ovenden previously served as president and CEO, Ford Sollers, where he led the transformation of Ford’s operations in Russia for the past two years.
  • Steven Armstrong is appointed group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, succeeding Jim Farley. In this role, Armstrong, 52, will have overall responsibility for Ford of Europe and Ford Middle East and Africa. His appointment is effective June 1. Armstrong previously served as vice president and chief operating officer, Ford of Europe.
  • Sherif Marakby is appointed to a newly created position of vice president, Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification, effective June 12. He is elected a corporate officer. Marakby, 51, previously worked at Ford for more than 25 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions in Product Development in North America and Europe. He has extensive background in electrification, having led the team to deliver a battery electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles.

Global Operations: New appointments reporting to Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, Global Operations include:

  • Hau Thai-Tang is appointed executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. Following more than 25 years in global Product Development, Thai-Tang, 50, has advanced Ford’s global Purchasing operations with numerous supplier-partner led innovations and delivered significant material cost savings. In this expanded role, effective June 1, both organizations now report to Thai-Tang.

Mobility: New appointments reporting to Marcy Klevorn, executive vice president and president, Mobility include:

  • Neil Schloss is appointed vice president and chief financial officer, Mobility, effective Aug. 1. Schloss, 58, previously served as vice president and treasurer for Ford, and chief financial officer of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary formed to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services.
  • Jeff Lemmer is appointed vice president and chief operating officer, Information Technology, effective June 1. In this role, Lemmer, 51, is responsible for automotive-related application development and running the day-to-day operations, including networks, data centers and employee collaboration tools. He also is elected a corporate officer. Lemmer previously was Director, IT Operations.

The appointment of a chief information officer will be the subject of a future announcement.

Also today, the following leadership changes are being announced:

  • Bradley Gayton is appointed group vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, effective June 1. He will continue to report to Jim Hackett. Gayton leads the company’s litigation, tax, corporate and intellectual property efforts, including the General Auditor’s Office. In this expanded role, he is responsible for Ford Land and Corporate Services, which includes the company’s security, and global travel and events operations. He previously served as group vice president and general counsel.
  • Ken Washington is appointed vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering, and chief technology officer, effective June 1, reporting to Jim Hackett. Washington, 56, previously served as vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering, leading Ford’s worldwide research organizations, and overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy. He will add chief technical officer responsibilities in this expanded role.
  • Kenneth R. Kent is appointed vice president and treasurer, succeeding Neil Schloss. With his new appointment, effective Aug. 1, he also is elected a corporate officer.  Responsible for the company’s overall treasury operations, Kent, 54, reports to Bob Shanks, executive vice president and chief financial officer.  He previously served as controller, The Americas.

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12 responses to "Ford Brings Back Marakby To Head Electrification Team"

  1. R.S says:

    The Sherif is back in town…

  2. h_corey says:

    Finally, Ford is serious in joining the 21st century.

  3. John says:

    I wonder if this means a PHEF F150 is not far off…

    It would make a lot of sense to electrify your #1 vehicle…AND I WANT ONE!

    1. Nada says:

      If they are smart it means a BEV F150…
      The time and place for plug in hybrids is small and their time is shrinking with battery prices…

      1. sveno says:

        +1

        PHEVs are a band-aid and should be avoided as the only bonus is extra range that comes with extra complexity, extra inconveniences of having to fill up and plug in. You most definitely also sacrifice space if you have 30+ miles EV range AND a large tank.

        If I would need to haul stuff over long distances I would get a CNG equipped truck and wait for a 150+kWh BEV.

  4. Justin says:

    Probably more about the crumbling of Uber…

  5. FISHEV says:

    If they would increase the EV range of the CMAX and the Fusion to 120 miles, they would be perfect vehicles. A 100 mile commute on all EV and then everything else with 40+mpg of hybrid driving.

    That would really allow most people to be 90% EV.

    1. David Murray says:

      That’s a fairly unreasonable request with current technology. Your asking for BEV range on a PHEV. I admit the offerings would be better with 50% to 100% more range, and that’s not an unreasonable request.

      1. Spoonman. says:

        Since the new Focus Electric didn’t change battery size but got a 50% range increase, you’d think they could put the same improved cells into the Energis and give them 30 miles of EV range.

        I still almost never turn on my C-Max’s engine, though.

  6. Martin T. says:

    Ford and GM are both on the nose in Australia.
    Unless one is willing to buy a 2 Star death trap Ford Mustang (Yes they stripped/changed the safety gear for both Europe and Australia)
    GM with EV’s does not have the persistence in both export markets either. They both need Japanese management team who view the long term as the current short term KPI American system just isn’t working out.

    I fail to see how 1 man against the Ford deep rooted infrastructure of doing business will make a difference? Still wish Marakaby the very best of luck.

  7. Mister G says:

    No news here…25 years of gas guzzling business, why would he change his point of view?

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