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 Alan Mulally and Mark Fields Visit Asia Pacific Together for the First Time

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SHANGHAI, China — Mark Fields is back in Asia! Ford’s newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) returned this week to the Asia Pacific region for the first time since serving as president and CEO, Mazda Automotive Co., in 2002.
 
Fields and Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO, came to Asia Pacific to review operations in Ford’s fastest growing region. They first went to Chongqing, one of the most rapidly developing areas in China, and where Ford has two assembly plants running at full capacity and a third assembly plant, one engine plant and one transmission plant under construction.

While in Chongqing, Mulally and Fields visited the new Chongqing 1 and 2 assembly plant, home of the new Focus and Kuga, the newly-launched SUV which is expected to boost sales for Ford in the fastest growing SUV segment in the Chinese market.    
 
“We saw Chongqing 1 assembly plant, Chongqing 2, Chongqing 3, the engine plant and transmission plant, and in each of the areas we had the chance to meet all the employees. I’ve never seen such smiles as we saw in the last couple of days in Chongqing. They are excited about being part of Ford and making some of the best vehicles in the world,” Mulally told an employee Town Hall in Shanghai on Friday morning.
 
Mulally and Fields attended the Town Hall with 750 people from the Ford Asia Pacific, Ford China and Ford Credit teams. Mulally emphasized that the One Ford plan is working, before introducing Fields to China-based employees.
 
“It is really great to be back in Asia and actually see the progress. I’m so pleased to come out and learn more about the seeds that you’ve planted and how those trees are now growing and we start to see the fruits of all the years’ labor,” said Fields. “I had the opportunity to live in Asia for a number of years, and the challenging spirit that you have is infectious, you can feel it. I look forward to celebrating more and more successes with you.” 
 
Mulally and Fields went on to answer questions from employees, ranging from quality issues to the company’s matrix meetings, from the company’s expectations for the AP region to hybrid vehicles.
 
When asked how he likes his new position, Fields answered, “It’s a great honor for me to take this job for the company. A lot of my job is spending time on bringing the skill teams and business units together, so we can look at the data, and look at the things around successful launches, around quality, around how we’re driving the revenue and the growth of the company and making sure we are making 1 plus 1 equal 3. And to me it’s very energizing because we built such a great foundation with the skill teams and business units and now is the time we actually execute that plan, it’s wonderful to work with the team to understand where we are heading.”

During the recognition session, four winning teams received Presidential Safety and Health awards from Mulally and Fields, several employees received long service awards, while Dave Schoch, president of Ford AP, was also handed an award for 35 years of service.  
 
Four vehicles - EcoSport, Kuga, Explorer and Focus ST - were displayed outside of the Shanghai Information Tower, home of Ford’s AP headquarters to allow employees the opportunity to check out these newly-introduced products in China.
 
Mulally will attend the China Development Forum in Beijing over the weekend. Founded in 2000, the most influential forum in the country serves as an annual platform for business and academic leaders to interact with China’s top decision-makers and economic planners.  
 
 
Luo Minggang, executive vice president, Changan Ford (left), Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford, Mark Fields, COO, Ford and Marin Burela, president, Changan Ford with new Mondeo at Chongqing plant showroom.
Mulally, Fields and Dave Schoch attended an employee Town Hall in Shanghai with 750 people and answered questions from employees.
   
Mark Fields became the company’s Chief Operating Officer last December.
EcoSport, Kuga, Explorer and Focus ST were displayed for employees to check out.
   

  

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3/22/2013 3:25 AM