Ford is announcing a series of executive-level changes that, according to the automaker, are designed to “continue delivering the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth”. The first round of executive rearrangements involves The Blue Oval’s vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service position that has been performed by Ken Czubay, who — after four decades in the automotive industry — has elected to retire.
Mr. Czubay began his career at Ford in 1970 and served in various management and executive roles at the automaker for 13 years. In 1983, he left Ford for Nissan North America, and then moved to Southeast Toyota Distributors. He then rejoined Ford in 2008 as The Blue Oval’s head of U.S. marketing, sales, dealer, and service operations.
“Ken is one of the top sales and marketing executives in the auto industry,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas. “His knowledge, passion and strong relationships with our dealers have enabled Ford to capture increased market share and enhance the customer experience. We are grateful for his leadership and congratulate him on his retirement.”
Mr. Czubay will be succeeded by John Felice, who currently serves as general sales manager for Ford and Lincoln. Mr. Felice will report to Mr. Hinrichs as well as to executive vice president, Global Sales, Markeitng, and Service and Lincoln Jim Farley. In his new role, Mr. Felice will lead U.S. marketing, sales and service for Ford and Lincoln. During his 30-year career, he has served in various senior Marketing and Sales positions in the U.S. and Asia, which included serving as president of Ford’s Thailand Operations.
Mr. Crubay’s retirement and Mr. Felice’s appointment are effective November 1. In conjunction with these changes, Ford also adjusted its Europe and Powertrain Development leadership team.