Two of Ford’s key executives, Anne Stevens, executive vp & COO and David Szczupak, group vp—manufacturing are retiring. Both are from Ford Americas division.
Stevens is the first female executive vp in Ford’s history. She joined the company in 1990 as a marketing specialist in the plastic products division, moved through the international manufacturing ranks and, in 1995, became the company's first female plant manager in Europe, as well as leading product development of Ford's European small cars. By 2001, Stevens was in charge of Ford’s North American vehicle operations, taking on her current position in 2005.
Szczupak joined Jaguar in 1985 as a senior manager in advanced powertrain, coming from Cummins Engine. After Ford bought Jaguar in the late 1990s, he joined Ford’s powertrain engineering department.