Shifting Focus to Electric Vehicles, Ford Announces Management ChangesAmid supply chain changes and plans for expanded electric vehicle production, Ford Motor Co. makes changes to its management.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

As automakers shift gears to focus on the production of electric vehicles, Ford Motor Co. has announced significant changes in its management.

“Developing and scaling the next generation of electric and software-defined vehicles requires a different focus and mix of talent,” said CEO Jim Farley.

The automaker’s electric vehicle unit and its internal-combustion unit, which produces gasoline-powered vehicles, were split into separate entities earlier this year. Now Ford’s CFO John Lawler will assume the restructuring of the automaker’s supply chain operations while a new supply chain chief is brought on.

Ford recently discovered about 45,000 vehicles that are likely to be missing parts.

In another internal shift, Ford has expanded Doug Field’s role. Previously the head of Apple Inc.’s car project, Field is now Ford’s chief advanced product development and technology officer. Other new personnel additions to the company come from HP Inc. and Google.