LIVONIA, Mich. - Kelvin Squires, global delivery chief, Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering, leads teams on large scale programs for Engine, Transmission and Driveline Manufacturing. This scope covers all North American, South American, Asia Pacific and Africa powertrain facilities.
Squires organized his management and support teams in a matrix relationship based on regions and products. He interlinked his teams with other work groups to ensure standards are followed and replication is ensured. Team members are located in Camacari, Brazil; Chihuahua, Mexico; Chongqing China;, Shanghai, China;, Chennai, India;, Sanand, India;, Port Elizabeth, South Africa;, Bordeaux, France;, Windsor, Ontario and several locations in the United States. Based in Livonia, Mich., Squires brings these teams together constantly through both work and social forums like Picnic in the Park and ISE team dinners). Squires also finds time to serve as a mentor for African-American employees as well as honorary chairperson for the Autism Society of Michigan where he is involved with annual fundraisers.
“First of all, I am humbled by the fact that my global PTME team would take the time and effort to nominate me for the Diversity and Inclusion Award. The role that I play as a global PTME leader lines up directly with our One Ford, One Team and One Goal objectives,” said Squires.
Considering that his teams and work cover time zone differences around the globe, Squires is always available for his team. He travels to each region and plant site at every opportunity for face-to -face interactions and onsite visits. During each of these reviews, he arranges skip level and town hall meetings with the entire team, including employees (Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, Mexican, South African, Canadian, American).This tends to be a challenge considering the cultural, language and diversity of his team.
As a result of his leadership, 2012 Pulse Survey results were extraordinary 'Global Skilled and Motivated Team' was 91 versus 76 Corporate, and 'Management Commitment to Diversity' was 97 versus 86 Corporate, which clearly indicates his team’s appreciation of his diverse leadership.
“I absolutely value every member of our global powertrain team. From the excellent Ford employees from South America, North America, Ford of Europe and Asia Pacific and African to our joint-venture partners and local nationals in China. Beyond a shadow of doubt, we are a much stronger and more successful enterprise when we create and embrace a diverse and inclusive work environment,” said Squires.
Through personal stories and open door approachable methods, Squires leads the way in many ways. Squires is champion of the Global Safety Council for the PTME team where he promotes participation in all diverse forums: newsletters, People Council and PDC committees. During a global reorganization of the PTME department, Squires maintained a positive outlook to his teams and individual members, promoting the benefits of change and arranging communication forums for each of his teams to participate in. He truly leads the way.
“Thanks to my entire global team for your support and work in creating this diverse and inclusive environment while expanding our global powertrain footprint,” said Squires.