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Marcy Klevorn (Photo: Ford Motor)

Marcy Klevorn will take over as CIO at Ford Motor Jan 1, 2015, overseeing all information technology services globally at the US automaker. Klevorn succeeds Nick Smither, who is retiring.

The announcement of Klevorn's new role coincided with news that Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell and Ford's global marketing chief, Jim Farley, will swap jobs.

Klevorn, 55, has spent her entire 31 years at Ford in the carmaker's information technology operations. She worked in the Americas, in Europe and at the company's financial arm, Ford Credit. Klevorn, who will report directly to Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, is currently director, Office of the CIO, a position she assumed in September, 2013.

The new CIO began her career at Ford in 1983 in the company's telecommunications services division.In late 2003, when she was consulting program manager for a purchasing business systems initiative called eVEREST, Klevorn was in charge of analysis and was a key player in the decision to migrate back to legacy systems.

In 2005, she was appointed global director for product lifecycle management and, in that role, implemented a range of process changes in data and information management. In other roles, she later led data center consolidation at Ford and from May, 2006, was in charge of Ford's IT infrastructure organization.

Klevorn served as Ford of Europe's IT director between September, 2011, and September, 2013.

In a press statement, Fields commented on Smither's retirement, saying that the CIO's integrated IT approach "has helped Ford become a faster, more agile and more innovative company." Smither "enabled the IT function to drive efficiencies in every area of the business," Fields said.

Ford also announced that Kim Pittel will take over from Rober Brown as vice president, sustainability, environment & safety engineering. Pittel, 55, has served in various manufacturing, product development, quality and purchasing roles during her 29-year career at Ford. Brown is retiring.

-By Arjen Bongard