Ford announces multiple management changes

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday announced a number of management changes in the United States and across the globe that will go into effect by Jan. 1. They include:

David G. Leitch

■David Leitch, Ford’s 54-year-old general council and group vice president, will retire and be replaced by Bradley Gayton, who currently serves as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel. Gayton, 52, will report to President and CEO Mark Fields.

“David has been a great partner and has cultivated an award-winning legal team for Ford,” Fields said in a statement. “David and his team also have embraced Ford’s commitment to making people’s lives better through their pro bono work and active community service.”

Bradley M. Gayton

■Jeff Wood, Ford’s 55-year-old vice president of manufacturing for Ford of Europe, will retire and be replaced by Linda Cash, 53, who is currently Ford of Europe’s director of vehicle operations. Cash will report to Barb Samardzich, vice president and chief operating officer.

“During his career at Ford, Jeff has made significant contributions to our manufacturing efficiencies in both the U.S. and Europe, resulting in strong quality gains and progress on our European transformation plan,” Fields said in a statement. “He also has played a key role in our truck assembly operations and delivering Ford customers with the best-selling pickups in the world.”

Jeffery C. Wood

■Peter Fleet, 48, will become Ford’s vice president of marketing, sales and service for Asia Pacific as of Dec. 1. He currently serves as vice president of sales for Ford of Europe. Fleet’s replacement has not yet been announced.

■Gary Johnson, 51, currently vice president, manufacturing, Asia Pacific, will return to the U.S. and lead a special assignment related to Global Manufacturing Planning. He will report to John Fleming, executive vice president, global manufacturing and labor affairs.

■Bill Russo, 61, will succeed Johnson as vice president, manufacturing, Asia Pacific. He currently serves as director, global powertrain manufacturing engineering.

Linda Cash

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