Gunnar Herrmann, the new head of quality for Ford of Europe, will be working to transform the company into the industry leader when it comes to quality. Herrmann remarked that Ford's quality has improved significantly in recent years, adding that the next step is to become the industry leader. Hermann will commence serving his new role as Ford’s vice president of quality for its European operations on September 1, 2012.
Effective on that date, Herrmann will cease to be line director of Ford's C-segment vehicles, a post that had permitted him to lead the development of the new Focus compact car and C-Max minivan. Herrmann will be succeeding Kevin O'Neill, who has been named the chief operating officer at Ford Getrag, a joint venture between the company and German transmissions supplier Getrag.
Herrmann will report to Ford of Europe chief executive Stephen Odell as well as Ford's global head of quality Bennie Fowler. Herrmann joined Ford in 1986 at the company’s Merkenich engineering center in Germany. He has been part of the Focus development team since it was created in 1998. Herrmann was awarded as one of Automotive News Europe's 2011 Eurostars for the category of project leader/individual car.