Europe: Ford’s manufacturing boss replaced after just 5 months image

Ford Motor Company announced that its head of manufacturing in Europe, Mike Flewitt, has left his post after just five months in the job.

The company has elected Jeff Wood, 52. Wood replaces Mike Flewitt who has elected to leave the company to pursue other career interests.
Wood will report to Ford Europe chairman and CEO Stephen Odell and John Fleming, head of global manufacturing and labour affairs.

He joined Ford in 1988 as a plant engineering supervisor at the Norfolk assembly plant and has worked in quality and truck making posts as well as electronics development and as vehicle line director for D platform vehicles.

The announcement comes shortly after the company said it plans to more than triple its production of EcoBoost petrol engine powered cars to about 480,000 by 2015 per year from 141,000 in 2011.
Ford will also expand the number of models available with the engine to 10 from the current five by 2015.
The automaker has made fuel economy the focus of its vehicle strategy as oil prices rise, and U.S. and European standards for fuel economy and emissions tighten.