U.S. automaker Ford Motor Company has announced a new chairman and CEO of Ford China and head of Powertrain Engineering as it continues to strengthen its global leadership team.
Jason Luo was named chairman and CEO of Ford China. In his new role, Luo will lead all of the company’s operations in Greater China including its import business, Lincoln, its passenger car joint venture Changan Ford, commercial vehicle investment in Jiangling Motors Corporation and operations in Taiwan.
Luo, 51, joins Ford from Key Safety Systems, the fastest growing company in the automotive safety market, where he was global president and CEO for the past 10 years. While at Key Safety Systems, he led the business transformation and global expansion of the company and achieved significant revenue growth in China.
Luo will be based in Shanghai, reporting to Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific.
“Jason’s leadership and track record of business growth and transformation in China make him the ideal person to lead Ford in the world’s largest vehicle market,” said Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “He will help us raise our vision in China as we become more nimble and operationally fit, expand vehicle electrification and begin to localise Lincoln vehicle assembly.”
Ford also announced the appointment of David Filipe as vice president, Powertrain Engineering. Filipe succeeds Bob Fascetti, who has elected to retire effective Oct. 1. Fascetti served nearly 30 years in Powertrain and Product Development, improving Ford fuel economy and performance of Ford vehicles around the globe.
Filipe, 50, is a 25-year Ford veteran who will be responsible for all powertrain engineering around the world. He will report to Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing.
Joining Ford in 1992, Filipe has held various positions within Product Development and several global leadership roles. Most recently, he served as the vehicle line director, North America trucks, large SUVs and commercial vehicles, which included responsibility for overseeing the development and launch of the 2017 Super Duty pickup truck, the 2018 Ford F-150, and the all-new 2018 Expedition.
“Dave’s broad experience in product around the world makes him an ideal successor to Bob Fascetti, who has made significant contributions to Ford, including leading the development of the entire Ford EcoBoost lineup,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “We are grateful for his nearly 30 years of service and wish him well in the future.”
Both appointments are effective September 1.