Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday announced a number of executive changes, including the retirement of John Fleming, who has served as the Dearborn automaker’s executive vice president for manufacturing and labor affairs since 2010.
Fleming, 64, has worked at Ford for nearly half a century. His most recent position included overseeing the global operations of 66 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants as well as the UAW-Ford labor negotiations and contract ratification.
He has also served as chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe and executive vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs.
“John’s extensive global knowledge and strong leadership have played important roles in our European operations and product quality gains in our manufacturing throughout the world,” Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO, said in a statement. “During his career, John also was instrumental in leading our team and negotiating labor agreements with our union partners that have enabled us to deliver strong business results and innovative new products for our customers.”
The latest contract with the union was ratified on Nov. 20. Fleming’s retirement will go into effect Jan 1.
Bruce Hettle, 54, will replace Fleming. He currently serves as Ford’s vice president, North America Manufacturing, a position in which he has served since January 2014. In his new role, he will report to Mark Fields.
Gary Johnson, 51, will replace Hettle. He has been vice president, Asia Pacific Manufacturing, since January 2010. In his new role, he will report to Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of the Americas.
Ford also named Raj Nair, 50, the company’s executive vice president, product development and chief technical officer, effective Dec. 1. Nair, until now, has been a group vice president of product development and chief technical officer.
The change in title is an elevated role granted because of the scale, scope or complexity of the role or expertise of the person who holds it, Ford said.
“Raj has done an outstanding job leading our team in delivering product excellence with passion,” Fields said. “As we expand our global lineup even further, Raj’s leadership will enable us to develop innovative new products and technologies that deliver our core business while also focusing on emerging opportunities, including those in our Ford Smart Mobility plan.”
Ford also announced that Joy Falotico, 48, has been named chief operating officer, Ford Motor Credit Co. She has also been elected a corporate officer. Currently, she is executive vice president of Ford Credit Marketing, Sales, Americas and Strategic Planning.