Car manufacturer Ford of Europe has announced a leadership shake-up to improve the “fitness and agility” of its European operations, as it undergoes a fundamental reset and redesign of its business.
Graham Hoare has been appointed as executive director of business transformation in the UK. His previous responsibilities as director of global vehicle evaluation and verification will be assumed by Andrew Brumley, chief engineer of vehicle evaluation and verification.
At the same time, Gunnar Herrmann has been named as executive director of business transformation for Ford of Germany. The group said the appointments had been made to guide its transformation in Germany and the UK – the company’s two largest markets in Europe – to help create a more “fit and future-focused business”.
As the latest step in the company’s restructuring of its global salaried workforce, these organisational changes also aim to increase spans of control, speed up decision-making and reduce bureaucracy.
Steve Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Gunnar and Graham bring vast expertise to their new roles leading our reset and redesign plan in their respective countries. Working closely with the rest of the European leadership team, they will play a key role in creating a long term sustainably profitable business for the benefit of our customers, employees, partners and communities.”
Additionally, Kevin Reynolds, executive director of strategy for Ford of Europe, is electing to retire after more than four decades with the company, effective 31 December 2018.
Armstrong added: “Kevin has been central to driving the strategy of a number of key projects and changes we have implemented in our business in the past decade, including the spin-off of Jaguar Land Rover and the creation of some of our most successful joint ventures. We thank Kevin for his leadership during his more than 40 years at Ford, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”