Report: Ford will give suppliers ‘a single point of contact’ in reshuffle

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

To reorganize Ford Motor Co.'s purchasing procedure and to provide a single point of contact for suppliers, there were two key promotions, according to purchasing chief Tony Brown.

On July 1, Birgit Behrendt started functioning as the executive director of Ford's global programs and Americas purchasing. Burt Jordan has also been named executive director of global vehicle and powertrain purchasing. Both will report directly to Brown.

This reorganization of the purchasing division is being done before the Oct. 1 retirement of his top lieutenant, Paul Stokes, who is famous for his efforts to upgrade Ford's purchasing.

To make sure that Ford's product development teams are achieving their program targets, Behrendt will work with them. She will also work with suppliers that work with Ford's product developers on future powertrains and future vehicles for proper coordination.

These two tasks had been split previously. Behrendt will aid Ford to design a preliminary sourcing strategy for any vehicle being developed.

She will also help identify tooling requirements and work with suppliers during pre-production and vehicle launch. While Behrendt coordinates product development, Jordan will manage Ford's annual $50 billion purchase of production components.

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