Jeff Lemmer, currently director, IT operations, at Ford Motor, will become the carmaker’s vice president and chief operating officer, information technology effective June 1.
The appointment is part of a series of senior management changes that follow the dismissal of CEO Mark Fields earlier this week.
Ford’s new CEO, Jim Hackett, is reorganizing the carmaker’s top management ranks worldwide. The new organizational structure includes discrete divisions for global markets, global operations and mobility. Each of the divisional bosses will report directly to Hackett.
“The leadership changes we are announcing today across our global business are important as we foster even greater teamwork, accountability and nimble decision-making,” Hackett said in a press release.
Lemmer, 51 will report to former CIO Marcy Klevorn, who is taking over from Hackett as chief of the carmaker’s important mobility operations. A successor to Klevorn in the CIO position will be announced in future, a Ford spokesperson said.
Lemmer will be responsible for “automotive-related application development and running the day-to-day operations, including networks, data centers and employee collaboration tools,” the company said in a press release.
Among other key appointments:
- Raj Nair, formerly group CTO, will lead Ford North America; Steven Armstrong, until now COO of Ford of Europe, will head Ford of Europe, Middle East & Africa; Peter Fleet will lead Ford Asia Pacific, having previously served as regional head of sales and marketing
- Hau Thai-Tang will lead Global Product Development and Purchasing
- Sherif Marakby rejoins Ford as vice president, autonomous vehicles and electrification
- Ken Washington is named vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering, and chief technology officer. Washington is adding the CTO role to his existing duties.
By Arjen Bongard