As Ford’s Frederiek Toney prepares to take up his new role as Vice President of Ford Customer Service Division next Tuesday (read more here), the company announced today that Steve Harley (pictured) will fill the position of Executive Director, Global Material Planning and Logistics (MP&L) on the same day.
Harley is currently Director of MP&L at Ford of Europe. His recent accomplishments include the insourcing of the Ansa Vehicle Transport Operations business in the UK, and he also been active in providing logistical support for the launch of the vehicle operations both in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Craiova, Romania.
Matthias Schulz Manager, Material Flow & SCM Europe will take up the role vacated by Harley.
Commenting on his successor Frederiek Toney told Automotive Logistics: “Steve is an excellent choice to take Ford's Supply Chain and Logistics functions to the next level. His extensive international experience and great track record makes him well prepared to lead this global activity. In addition, a strong team is in place to support Steve's collaborative approach."
Joe Hinrichs Group Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Labor Affairs added: “We are very excited to bring Steve to Dearborn to lead our global MP&L organisation and our North American PS&L organisation. Steve brings a breadth and depth of experience in the material planning and logistics space that is unmatched in the industry.  He will be a great addition to our global manufacturing leadership team."
Commenting about Schulz’s appointment Hinrichs said: “Matt is a great leader and we're also excited about him leading our European MP&L organisation. His logistics expertise will help the European team immensely as we continue to grow our business there.”