New VP of global product development operations and vehicle programs at Ford

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Ford Motor Company has appointed Trevor Worthington as vice president of global product development operations and vehicle programs.

In this role he will lead Ford’s global vehicle programs and be responsible for coordinating the company’s product development resources to bring new vehicles to market. He will also have responsibility for driving competitive material costs and engineering expenses throughout the development cycle.

Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, product development and purchasing, commented, “With Trevor’s broad experience across some of the world’s fastest-growing markets, he will help us meet the needs of our diverse customer base by bringing together the best of Ford’s product development capabilities. This will enable us to bring exciting new vehicles to market faster and more efficiently.”

Worthington has served as vice president, product development for Asia-Pacific since 2013. In this position he spearheaded the development and introduction of key nameplates to deliver on Ford’s plan to bring more than 50 new vehicles to China by 2025.

Worthington (below left) also oversaw the investment of more than US$189m in the Ford Research and Engineering Center to strengthen and expand the company’s development capabilities in Nanjing, China. Furthermore he led the program for the Ranger and Everest models, and will continue to do so in his new job.

Graham Pearson (below right), 52, takes over leadership of product development in Asia-Pacific and China. Over his 31-year career with the company, Pearson has served in a variety of product development positions in China, Australia and the US and has worked extensively across India, Thailand and other markets. Previously he was vehicle line director for cars and SUVs for Ford Asia-Pacific.

“Graham’s deep experience across Asia-Pacific – managing the delivery of multiple vehicle programs all the way from planning to production – will be an asset as he steps up to lead our PD organization in the region,” Thai-Tang said.

New VP of global product development operations and vehicle programs at FordNew VP of global product development operations and vehicle programs at Ford

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