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The Vehicle Line Directors

MICHAEL J. EVANS, Compact Utilities vehicle line director – business and engineering aspects of current and future sport utility vehicle programs. Evans joined Ford in 1973 as a product engineer in the Chassis Division. He earned an engineering degree from Lawrence Institute of Technology in Southfield, Mich., and a master's of science degree in engineering management from the University of Detroit. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and has published technical papers based on his work with the 4.6-liter engine and aluminum axles.

 

BENNIE W. FOWLER, Super Duty F-Series Pickups vehicle line director - Truck Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was Plant Manager of the Wayne Assembly Plant. Born in 1956 in Augusta, Ga., Fowler earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Central State University and an MBA from the University of Indiana. He spent five years each with General Motors Corporation and Chrysler Corporation before joining Ford in 1990 as an area manager in the Central Paint Program.

RODNEY P. HAMMONDS, Commercial Vans vehicle line director - Truck Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was Transit vehicle line director since August 1994. He joined Ford in 1969 as a graduate trainee in Ford's Car Product Planning Group with Ford of Europe. Born in 1947 in Harrogat, Yorkshire, England, he earned an economics degree from Warwick University in England.

MARY ELLEN HEYDE, MPVs vehicle line director - Large and Luxury Car Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, she was Windstar/Villager vehicle line director since August 1994. Heyde joined Ford in 1972 as a research scientist, following completion of a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry and a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

ALLAN R. KAMMERER, Medium Cars vehicle line director - Small and Medium Car Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was the Escort vehicle line director in the Small and Medium Vehicle Center since December 1995. He joined Ford in 1976 after earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from California Polytechnic State University and a master's degree in engineering from Stanford University.

DEE T. KAPUR, Full-Size Pickup and Utility vehicle line director – Truck Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was director of Quality in the Advanced Vehicle Technology group. Kapur earned an engineering degree from Stanford University and a master's degree in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University. He joined Ford in 1977.

RUDOLF J. KUNZE, Family and Specialty Vehicles vehicle line director, Small and Medium Car Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was Chief Engineer, Vehicle Engineering, Small and Medium Car Vehicle Centre. Born in 1954 in Otmath, Poland, Mr. Kunze has an Engineering Diploma from the Fachhochschule Aachen, and a master’s degree in Advanced Automotive Engineering from the University of Loughborough, England. He joined Ford in November 1978 as an Engine Test Engineer.

DERRICK M. KUZAK, Compact Pickups vehicle line director – Truck Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was director of Electrical/Eletronic Systems Engineering in the Advanced Vehicle Technology group. He holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering from the University of Detroit. Kuzak joined Ford in 1978.

MALCOLM C. THOMAS, Small Cars vehicle line director - Small and Medium Car Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was director of the Fiesta vehicle line in the Small and Medium Vehicle Center since January 1996. Born in Britain, he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Nottingham University and a M.B.A. from the Cranfield School of Management. Thomas joined Ford of Europe in 1973.

ROBERT F. WIDMER, Performance and Luxury Cars vehicle line director - Large and Luxury Car Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was executive director of Ford's Corporate Quality Office since May 1995. Widmer joined Ford in 1965 as a production design engineer after earning a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from Wayne State University.

MICHAEL R. ZEVALKINK, Large and Luxury Cars vehicle line director - Large and Luxury Car Vehicle Center, Ford Automotive Operations. Previously, he was Panther/Scorpio vehicle line director since August 1994. Zevalkink joined Ford in 1972 as a product design engineer after earning bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees from the University of Michigan.

  Oktober 2001


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