Ford Motor, the second largest automaker in the US, has announced that engineer Kumar Galhotra would move to succeed Jim Farley as Lincoln brand chief. Also, the company hired a Lockheed Martin executive to head its research division.
These are the first corporate changes in the structure of the automaker since Mark Fields took over as chief executive officer from Alan Mulally, who came from Boeing in 2006. Ford said the outgoing Lincoln boss, Farley, would remain the company’s global marketing, sales and service chief. Both Farley and Galhotra report directly to Ford President and Chief Executive Mark Fields.
“As we are taking the brand global, adding new dealers in China and increasing the pace of new product introductions, it was time for a dedicated leader” at Lincoln, said a company spokesperson.
Galhotra, in charge with Lincoln’s future vehicle development, as well as marketing and sales, will be active in his new position since September 1. His previous post, as Ford’s vice president of engineering would be taken by the new vice president of vehicle component and systems engineering – Jim Holland. Ford also snatched Ken Washington from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin to become the new chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering.