Effective Jan. 1, vehicle operations chief Mike Flewitt will serve as the new manufacturing chief of Ford of Europe. He is the successor of Ken Macfarlane who is retiring. Before 49-year-old Flewitt took on his current job, he served as the general manager of Ford Otosan, Ford's joint venture with Koc Holding AS in Turkey.
In 1983, Flewitt was a trainee at Ford's factory in Halewood, England. In December 2008, the 61-year-old Macfarlane was named Ford of Europe's manufacturing chief. He was tasked with overseeing operations of the Ford of Europe's 21 European assembly, stamping and powertrain plants.
He is largely credited for the formation of a joint venture in Russia with Sollers as well as the ongoing transformation of Ford's new manufacturing plant in Romania. In 2007, Ford had taken control of the former Daewoo plant in Craiova, Romania. Ford plans to assemble the new B-Max small minivan in this facility. Ford also wants to produce a second but still unnamed small-segment model here.
Macfarlane has been with Ford for 39 years. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Macfarlane had supervised truck manufacturing operations in North America and held jobs in engineering and quality. Flewitt, who is an Englishman, resigned from Ford to serve as the production director at Rolls-Royce Cars in 1995. He worked later for AutoNova AB/Volvo Sweden and TWR Group Limited before he went back to Ford in 2003 as the production quality director for Ford’s European manufacturing operations. [source: Autonews]