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07

Ford Motor Company Names Jim Farley to Lead Marketing & Communications

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 11 — Ford Motor Company President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally today announced the appointment of Jim Farley as Group Vice President of Marketing and Communications. 

Farley joins Ford in mid-November, after nearly two decades at Toyota and Lexus.

“We are thrilled to welcome one of the most successful and talented leaders in the industry to the Ford Motor Company team,” said Mulally.  “Jim Farley is well known for innovative marketing strategies that connect great products to today’s and tomorrow’s customers.  Ford’s quality and vehicles are now on par with the best of the competition.  We look forward to Jim’s leadership to combine world-class marketing with our world-class products worldwide.”

Farley will be the company’s most senior marketing leader and will report directly to Mulally.   

Working with the company’s worldwide business unit leaders and global product development organization, Farley will lead Ford’s drive to connect even more closely with customers through integrated marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development, product planning, research, product communications and public relations.  In line with that vision, Ford’s global Communications and public relations team also now will report to Farley.

Farley, 45, most recently was Group Vice President and General Manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for Toyota’s luxury brand.  He joined Toyota in 1990 in the strategic-planning department after receiving his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School.  Since then, he has served in such senior leadership positions as Vice President and General Manager of Toyota’s Scion brand, Group Vice President of Marketing for the Toyota Division, General Manager of Product Management for Toyota Europe and a variety of product planning, marketing and advertising roles.

Farley says he is passionate about joining Ford in this global leadership role and is eager to help lead the company’s transformation plan toward automotive leadership and profitable growth.

“My connection with Ford goes way back to my first car, a 1966 Ford Mustang.  I bought it when I was 15, restored it and drove it from California to Michigan.  I am excited to make that trip once again,” said Farley.  “Ford is one of the world’s most admired companies because of its ability to develop iconic products that connect with customers.  I look forward to building on that strength by engaging customers and introducing even more of them to the great family of Ford.”

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1 Response to “Ford Motor Company Names Jim Farley to Lead Marketing & Communications”


  1. 1 Mark Demetry
    November 29, 2007 at 3:58 am

    Your article quotes Jim Farley as saying “Ford is one of the world’s most admired companies because of its ability to develop iconic products that connect with customers. I look forward to building on that strength by engaging customers and introducing even more of them to the great family of Ford.” Perhaps the most iconic Ford of all time is the one that put Ford on the map… the great Ford Model T. The one hundredth anniversary of the introduction of the Model T is coming up in 2009. This is a huge publicity opportunity for Ford. Fifteen million Model Ts were manufactured and sold around the world. It was so succesful because its simplicity made it inexpensive to buy,very reliable, and it could be repaired and maintained very easily and cheaply. With the developing economies in places like China, India, the Middle east, and South America, an automobile with these same qualities.
    I designed and market a body kit for the C5 Corvette. It can be viewed at “corvettesharkkit,com”. I have also done renderings of how I perceive a reborn Model T would look like, and would love to forward these renderings to someone of influence. Along with the renderings, I would send a more detailed description of the proposed concept. I would expect absolutely no compensation in return. Although, I would be very happy to receive acknowledgement of the receipt of the E-mail. As I said, Ford has a golden opportunity to exploit the one hundredth anniversary of the Model T. I hope you take full advantage of it.


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