Detroit Free Press1:04 p.m. EDT July 15, 2013
DETROIT — Ford purchasing chief Tony Brown, 57, is retiring and he will be succeeded by Hau Thai-Tang as group vice president for global purchasing, beginning Aug. 1.
Birgit Behrendt, 53, becomes vice president of global programs & purchasing operations. Burt Jordan, 46, is vice president for global vehicle and powertrain purchasing & supplier diversity. The new vice president of engineering is Kumar Galhotra, 47. Trevor Worthington will lead product development in Asia Pacific.
Brown joined Ford in July 1999 and spent the last 11 years of his career overseeing purchasing for Ford.
"Tony Brown is a world-class business leader who has helped to transform Ford's relationships with our global supplier partners," said Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally in a statement. "Tony's leadership and dedication to working together have helped Ford and our supplier partners emerge from the recent global transformation of the auto industry well-positioned for future growth."
Thai-Tang, 46, will report to Mark Fields, chief operating officer.
"Ford purchases $90 billion of production and non-production goods and services each year around the world," Fields said. "Hau is the right leader to take our purchasing effectiveness and efficiency to the next level and unlock the full benefits of our scale and commonality."
Behrendt and Jordan will report to Thai-Tang.
To fill Thai-Tang's shoes as chief of global engineering for Ford and Lincoln vehicles, Ford is promoting Galhotra who had been in charge of product development in the growing Asia Pacific region. Galhotra will report to Raj Nair, head of global product development.
Succeeding Galhotra is Worthington, who already works in Asia Pacific as a vehicle line director. Worthington will be based in Shanghai and report to Dave Schoch in Asia Pacific as well as to Nair.