COLOGNE, Germany - @Ford Online’s series of in-depth interviews with senior Ford of Europe executives continues this month with Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development.
Prior to taking up this position in September 2011, she was vice president, Global Product Programs, and she has also served as vice president, Powertrain Engineering, responsible for engine and transmission engineering worldwide.
Samardzich also previously held a variety of positions in Powertrain Engineering, including chief engineer for Ford’s Automatic Transmission Operations. Her work in automatic transmissions and her experience in product creation won her the Women in Engineering Achievement Award from Design News in 2004.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master’s degree in engineering management from Wayne State University.
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