Ford of Europe New Head of Quality Wants the Company No.1 image

Gunnar Herrmann, Ford of Europe’s new head of quality, announced his plans to make the company become a clear industry leader.

“Ford’s quality has improved significantly in recent years and now the next step is to move from good quality to the clear industry leader,” Herrmann said in a statement.

Herrmann, 52, will be Ford of Europe’s new head of quality beginning September 1st. He was promoted from his previous position as line director of Ford’s C-segment vehicles, where he contributed to the development of the C-Max minivan and the new Focus compact car. Herrmann succeeds Kevin O’Neill, who is now Ford’s Getrag chief operating officer, a JV between Getrag and Ford. Herrmann will report to Stephen Odell, Ford of Europe CEO, and Bennie Fowler, Ford’s global head of quality.

Gunnar Herrmann joined the company in 1986, working at Ford’s Merkenich engineering center in Germany and he was part of the development team that created the first-generation Focus in 1998. Last year he won the category for project leader/individual car, becoming one of the Automotive News Europe’s 2011 Eurostars.