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 Mark Fields Speaks to FREE Alumni Group

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​DEARBORN - More than 110 years after Ford Motor Company was founded, the company’s vision remains the same as the team works as One Ford; working together as a lean, global enterprise for automotive leadership.

Our One Team, One Plan, One Goal philosophy first recognizes the Ford alumni who have paved the roads behind us. 

Recently, Mark Fields, Ford chief operating officer, updated members of the Ford Retired Engineering Executives (FREE) club on Ford’s current standing and the plan to continue global expansion to meet consumers’ needs worldwide.

“We talk about our history at Ford and how we bleed Ford blue,” said Fields. “We stand on all of your shoulders with the work that you did in order to do the work that we do today.”

The company continues to define the brand clearly by keeping a heavy focus on Ford and what the business stands for, while also living by the One Ford plan, Fields explained.

“We have a responsibility to grow the business well into our second century,” he said. “Growing the business is fundamental to our success and turnaround, and what we are doing at Ford is paying attention to consistency of strategy,” he said.

When coming up with a global plan, the leadership team first looks at the business environment, considers how it impacts Ford’s strategies and then changes the plan as needed.

“It is all about keeping the engine running and humming along,” said Fields.

Looking ahead to next quarter, Fields says it is going to be another strong year for the company as we work towards a better balance of profits coming from vehicle segments and regions, and focusing on building both the Ford and Lincoln brands.

“Moving forward we want to be one of the top five in sales,” he said. “Ford is a growth business in a growth industry around the world.”

Each month a new guest speaker attends the FREE lunch event. Joe Hinrichs, group VP and president of the Americas, will speak to the group at its next meeting. Click here for more information on FREE and its initiatives.

More than 450 Ford alumni are members of FREE – making it one of the largest and most prestigious retiree organizations in the company. The group has existed for more than 40 years. FREE membership is limited to those with supervisory experience as an LL5 (SG11) or above.

  

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11/8/2013 6:00 AM