LOUISVILLE - Ford Diversity and Inclusion Award Winner and Director of Manufacturing for Vehicle Operations John Savona was the leader of the Ford Veterans Network Group (VET NG) regional chapter at Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) from 2010-2013. While at LAP, Savona led the chapter's involvement in the local community for various veteran-related initiatives and collaborated with local UAW community leaders in support of veterans projects.
Collaboration with the local veterans community, Ford Motor Company Fund and other partners was crucial to the success of the VET NG chapter; and because of Savona’s leadership, the chapter has thrived since 2010. Additionally, as the leader of the LAP chapter of the VET NG as well as the leader of five Ford factories, Savona effectively led his LAP manufacturing team in implementing the Ford Production System.
He was instrumental in leading efforts for Ford's involvement in the City of Louisville Veterans Day Parade (held since 2010), highlighting the company's support of the local veterans community. Savona’s support also enabled the success of the Honor Flight program, which is supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund. Flights were arranged through the Louisville area with help from Savona which had WWII veterans flown to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII memorial. He also led Ford's support of the Ride to the Wall event, related to one of the largest motorcycle rides to support veterans, taking riders across the United States and concluding in Washington, D.C.
Because of his leadership and personal status as a veteran (United States Army), Savona understands what service and sacrifice entails and what it means to our society. He has given so much of himself to advance the VET NG, spending hours away from his home and family to attend meetings and functions that highlight Ford’s support of the veteran community. His hard work and dedication reflects the highest traditions of great business leaders at Ford.
"It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for this award. I am really proud of the support Ford and the UAW show to our veterans in so many ways. We wouldn't have the opportunity to work for a great company like Ford if it weren't for the men and woman of our armed forces, past and present,” said Savona.