Hinrichs to become Ford's president of global ops

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co.'s head of the Americas since December 2012, will become executive vice president and president of global operations of Ford in the Dearborn company's leadership shakeup.

Hinrichs, 50, will manage global product development, manufacturing and labor affairs, purchasing, and sustainability, environmental and safety engineering for Ford. Hinrichs joined Ford in December 2000 as plant manager of the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He reports to CEO and President Jim Hackett.

Joe Hinrichs

Ford's new President and CEO Jim Hackett said at a news conference Monday, "Hinrichs has had a lot of experience running North America and he’s working with us in a visionary way about the evolution of operations."

"You heard (Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr.) talk about 3-D printing and artificial intelligence, all these things are in our future," Hackett said. "You also have product development.”

Hinrichs was executive vice president and president, The Americas, for Ford since December 2012.  Ford said he was responsible in that role for leading all aspects of the company's North American and South American business units.

Prior to leading The Americas for Ford, Hinrichs was group vice president and president of Asia Pacific and Africa for the company, beginning in 2009. Hinrichs was also Chairman and CEO of Ford China from 2010 to 2011.

Hinrichs joined Ford in December 2000. He initially worked as plant manager of the Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights.

Prior to joining Ford, Hinrichs was a partner and senior vice president of Ryan Enterprises Group, a manufacturing investment group in Chicago. Hinrichs also spent 10 years at GM earlier in his career. He worked at GM in various positions in engineering and manufacturing, including plant manager.

Hinrichs was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1966. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton in 1989, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School in 1994 as a GM Fellow.

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