Ford Land Announcement LL5+

Consistent with the global Smart Redesign process, Ford Land announces the following organizational and personnel changes as of July 1, 2019:

The position of Director Ford Land FoE is now Manager, Ford Land Europe Liaison.  Bernd Goertz continues in this role. Bernd will report into Dave Dubensky, Chairman and CEO, Ford Land.  

Direct Reports into Bernd Goertz will be:

  • Martina Schmidt  Manager, Facilities Management, Cologne
  • Guy Rutten Manager, Engineering & Construction


Bernd Dederichs,
Property Manager Cologne, will start his ATZ passive phase effective November 1, 2019. Martina Schmidt will take over his responsibilities.Thomas Thrumann, Manager Engineering Europe, has elected to retire effective Oct 1, 2019. He will hand-over his current projects and responsibilities to Guy Rutten.

Karl Heinz Kurtenbach, currently Manager Engineering & Construction/ FCP, will finalize FCP projects and will support Ford Land Global Design. Karl-Heinz’s ATZ passive phase will start January 1, 2021.

The position “Manager Markets Finance & Real Estate” is realigned to Finance.
Jens Unterhansberg will report dotted line into Tim Fissinger and Bernd Goertz. Solid line reporting relationship will be subject to a future announcement.

Direct reports into the United States will be:

Neil Samuels, Manager Facilities Management Ford of Britain will report into Eric Grubb, International Commercial Director. Neil will report dotted line into Bernd Görtz.

Gerry Whittome, currently Manager Energy Europe, and Stephen Swift, currently Manager Corporate Travel EMEA, will be subject of a future announcement.

Please join us in supporting the transition into the revised Ford Land organisation.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Thomas and Bernd, who have elected to leave the Company shortly.

Their continued support throughout many years has been a great asset to the Company and we wish them all the best for their future.

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