Ford Realigns South America Operation

* Antonio Maciel Neto resigns as president, Ford South America, effective May 3, to join Suzano Papel e Celulose as CEO

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil, April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced today a realignment of the Canada and South America organizations, and has named Dominic DiMarco executive director, Canada and South America. Concurrent with this change, Barry Engle becomes president, Ford Mercosul and Ford Brazil. He will report to DiMarco. The changes are effective immediately.

Louise Goeser remains president, Ford of Mexico, and like DiMarco will continue to report to Mark Fields, executive vice president and president, The Americas. William Osborne remains president, Ford of Canada and will report to DiMarco.

Antonio Maciel Neto resigns his position as president of Ford South America to join Suzano Papel e Celulose as its new CEO. His resignation will be effective May 3. Maciel will remain to ensure a smooth transition during the realignment of the region.

"I came to Ford to be part of the most important automotive turnaround in Brazil history and we've accomplished that," Maciel said. "We have a great team in place at Ford to continue the success we started. I am now ready to take on a new challenge."

In his new role, DiMarco will oversee diverse business operations in South America including product development, more than 500 dealerships, multiple car and light truck manufacturing plants, and the only wholly owned commercial truck operation in Ford Motor Company. He assumes leadership of South America to focus on the strategic planning for the region, including developing plans to further increase market share and profitability. In addition, he will oversee operations in the Andina region.

From 1999 to 2005, Ford South America has accomplished one of the most successful business turnarounds in the region. For the past nine quarters, Ford has been the most profitable automotive company in South America.

Previously, DiMarco was executive director, Operations Support and Finance and Strategy for Canada, Mexico and South America. Prior to that assignment, DiMarco was finance director for the North America Labor Negotiations team. He has also served as chief finance director of International Operations, including New Markets and the Asia-Pacific region. DiMarco joined Ford in 1973 as a financial analyst and also has held significant positions in North American Sales and Service Operations and Manufacturing. In addition, DiMarco previously worked in South America as finance controller for Autolatina in Brazil.

"With Dom's overall broad experience in international markets, and more recently in Canada, Mexico and South America he will bring a business and leadership perspective that moves Canada and South America forward," said Fields.

In his new position, Engle will be responsible for all Mercosul operations, including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, plus the markets of Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Engle returned to Ford Brazil in September 2005, having previously served as the director, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Brazil from 2001 to 2003.

Engle's career has included a variety of international management experiences; prior to his return to Brazil he was director and general manager, Worldwide Direct Market Operations with responsibility for export operations in 116 markets around the world. Previously, Engle was director, North America Product Strategy and Planning, a position to which he was appointed in December 2004. Prior to that, he had been General Marketing Manager, Ford Customer Service Division. Engle also has first-hand automotive retail experience, having been a dealer himself.

Engle joined Ford in 1992. He held a variety of marketing and sales positions representing Ford Division, Lincoln Mercury, and Mazda in the United States, Mexico and Japan.

"Barry is an innovative leader, which has been reinforced in his short tenure as president, Ford Brazil. I look forward to working with him even more closely to shape the direction of the commercial operations across the region," said DiMarco.

Maciel joined Ford Motor Company in July 1999 as president of Ford Brazil. In October 2003, he was named president of Ford South America Operations. Maciel was elected a corporate vice president in October 2004. During his tenure he led the successful regional business turnaround and prepared the business for sustained profitability.

"Maciel has made a significant contribution to the Ford Motor Company global business through innovations in product, business and marketing strategies. We wish Maciel well in his new role and thank him for his work at Ford Motor Company," said Fields.

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