The Faces of Ford Employees

When you work for Ford, you know next-level thinking and cutting-edge ideas are par for the course. Here’s a chance to meet some of the people behind who work for Ford and help make the company and its vehicles like no other!

Joe Bakaj, VP Powertrain Engineering: The EcoBoost® engine family produced a milestone for Ford: the first-ever three-cylinder engine, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost. And it turned out good things do come in small packages: performance, fun and value, in this case.

David Berdish, Manager, Social Sustainability: David and his team work to improve lives in the communities where Ford does business. That has included using a Ford Endeavour for a project called SUMURR in India that transported nurses to villages that they previously had visited on foot, and the vehicle had an app for sending patient information to medical facilities in real time.

Christina Bloxsom, Interior Harmony Engineer: The reason you can see and read the instrument panel in your Ford so clearly on sunny days, and without glare, and in the dark, is because of people such as Christina and her coworkers, who analyze interior components under various levels of light using high-tech lighting equipment.

Sheryl Connelly, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring: As a “futurist” for Ford, Sheryl helps Ford analyze trends that could affect consumers, including socially, environmentally and politically. She also spots microtrends that Ford dealers can utilize with customers and potential customers.

Bill Coughlin, CEO, Global Technologies: Bill is the man behind encouraging new technology ideas at Ford. This has included Ford teaming with TechShop, the DIY workshop and prototyping studio, and involvement of the Ford Employee Patent Incentive Award program to help inventors find an outlet for what could be the next step in technology.

John Ellis, Global Technologist: You might wonder what software developers have to do with Ford vehicles, but their skills are allowing for apps to be created to personalize the driving experience and for advancing technology, such as through SYNC® AppLink™.

David Gravel, Physicist, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering: Ford has always carved out a name for itself for being a cutting-edge automaker. This has included being at the forefront of new technology, such as Photogrammetric Pattern Reading  for analyzing the rear-axle parts of pickups during assembly to accurately identify gear mesh quality and discard gears that don’t meet Built Ford Tough standards.

Jamal Hameedi, Chief Engineer, Global Performance Vehicles: Jamal is in the business of performance cars, and ones that have a global DNA, capable of speaking to enthusiasts all over the world. He and his team ensure that drivers in any country have the same exciting experience behind the wheel of an ST and SVT vehicle.

Janet Lawson, Director, Volunteer Corps: Ford Global Week of Caring sees nearly 12,000 Ford employees in 26 countries volunteering in a variety of endearing ways, such as with Habitat for Humanity, running blood drives, clothing collections and stocking food pantries. Janet is also behind the Ford Global Week of caring.

Linda Schmalz, Supervisor, Core Material Engineering: Within Ford is a team of engineers, headed by Linda, who test vehicle components and materials for substances that produce allergic reactions. This happens for vehicles on a global scale.

Tim Stoehr, Commercial Truck Marketing Manager: One of the proud accomplishments for Tim and the Commercial Truck team is the Transit Connect Wagon. They have built a modern van that is also nimble, has flexible seating, uses smart technology, and is economical in the fuel department.

Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design: A design is more than simply how a vehicle looks. How does it make you feel? Does it generate an emotion? Make you nostalgic? Does it look fast? Expensive? And does it maintain an ability to be inviting? Thomas points to a car such as the Ford Fusion Energi for looking premium yet having a conscience as a plug-in hybrid. “It is a plug-in hybrid so it is explicit in its conscience and purpose, yet it has that irrational desire,” says Freeman.

John J. Viera, Global Director, Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters: John works toward making fuel economy something every Ford vehicle owner can experience on an affordable level. He is also always looking for environmentally friendly ideas for renewable materials and recycled content.

Warriors in Pink: Within the Ford family are employees and retirees who are breast cancer survivors, and Ford also knows its customers are affected by the disease as well. Ford Warriors in Pink is a cause that remains a focus every single day. Within the cause is a line of wear and gear that donates 100 percent of net proceeds to breast cancer charities.

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