DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s new COO Jim Farley is shaking up his North American leadership team amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Kumar Galhotra, previously president of North America, will take on an expanded role as president, Americas and International Markets Group. Galhotra, 54, will have responsibility over most of Ford’s global regions, including its profitable commercial business in the U.S. and Canada. He will continue to report to Farley.
Lisa Drake will add the new title of COO of North America to her role as vice president of global purchasing. Drake, 47, will report to Galhotra and “bring enhanced focus to product launches, warranty cost reduction and material cost improvements,” Ford said in a statement. Those areas were weaknesses last year that led to a poor fourth-quarter financial report and dinged full-year profits.
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