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Management Shake-Up Continues at Ford

Four top execs “retire;” Lincoln chief Galhotra gets big promotion.

by on Oct.24, 2017

CEO Jim Hackett continues reshaping Ford's management team in his own image.

Ford’s new CEO Jim Hackett isn’t wasting time putting his personal stamp on the company.

Four top executives, including 37-year veteran Stephen Odell and former Wall Street investment banker John Casesa, are “retiring,” Ford announced. It’s the second major shake-up since Hackett was named CEO, replacing the ousted Mark Fields back in May. Tuesday’s personnel changes, announced two days before Ford reveals its third-quarter earnings, did bring some winners to the fore, including Kumar Galhotra, the president of the Lincoln brand now becomes Ford’s chief marketing officer.

Breaking News!

“The changes we are announcing today will further align resources and improve efficiencies throughout our global markets and operations,” said Hackett, a one-time CEO of furniture maker Steelcase, who was named CEO after Fields lost favor with investors, the Ford board and chairman and family heir Bill Ford.

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Lincoln Launches Chauffeur Service

“Quiet luxury” brand rolling series of pilot programs.

by on Apr.17, 2017

With the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, the big ute gets its first full makeover in a decade.

Hoping to create a distinctive identity for itself, Ford’s Lincoln Motor Co. is launching a series of pilot programs designed to emphasize the brand’s “quiet luxury” motto.

That includes both a new home sales and delivery process, as well as a chauffeur service that lets a Lincoln owner order up a driver via the marque’s smartphone app. Debuting in Miami, the new service provides a driver who can run errands or chauffeur owners who might otherwise have to call up a taxi or Uber ride.

Leave the Driving to Us!

The service “allows people to be picked up in their own Lincoln vehicle, rather than one they’re not familiar with,” said Andrew Frick, the brand’s director of sales and service. Owners also can request a specific driver if that person is available, he noted.

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