Ford Announces Key Executive Appointments

- Peter Daniel is elected senior vice president and controller. Daniel previously served in the position of vice president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, which is being eliminated with today's announced changes.

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today announced a series of executive changes in International Operations and corporate Finance. These changes are expected to deliver more focused development and execution of growth initiatives within Asia Pacific and Africa, and to provide a better platform for further integration and alignment of strategies across all of International Operations.

The following changes are effective Sept. 1, 2006.

John Parker, 58, senior executive vice president, Mazda Motor Corporation, is appointed to the position of group vice president, Asia Pacific and Africa. Parker, who will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, will have responsibility for coordination of all Ford operations and partnerships within Asia Pacific and Africa, and will continue to manage Mazda's business at the Board level. He will report to Mark Schulz, executive vice president and president, International Operations.

Parker joined Ford South Africa in 1965. He has held numerous international positions in Product Development, Manufacturing and general management, including assignments with Ford's Asia Pacific and Africa operations in South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and India.

"John has a vast international automotive background and is one of our most experienced leaders," Schulz said. "Since he began his career with Ford he has served in a number of roles throughout Asia Pacific. He knows the region extremely well, and he has the leadership skills to drive implementation of our growth plans. With this appointment, we are strengthening and consolidating responsibility for all of our operations and partnerships in Asia with a single executive located in the region."

Succeeding Parker at Mazda is Bob Graziano, 47, currently President and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. Graziano is elected a Ford Motor Company vice president and is appointed executive vice president, Mazda Motor Corporation. In this role, Graziano will have primary responsibility for Research and Development, Quality, Marketing and Sales, IT and environmental initiatives. He will report to Hisakazu Imaki, Mazda Chairman of the Board, president and CEO. His successor at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa will be named at a later date.

Graziano joined Ford Motor Company in 1982 as a sales analyst in the Omaha Ford District office. He then held a number of positions, primarily in product planning and Sales and Marketing, including general marketing manager, Ford Brazil and strategic marketing director, Ford South America. Prior to his position in Southern Africa, Graziano was director, product strategy and planning for Ford North America.

"Bob brings to Mazda a wide range of experience, including that of developing markets. This is pertinent as we seek to grow our business in Asia," Imaki said. "Bob will play a key role in driving Mazda toward a solid and sustainable future."

Jim Gouin, 46, currently the company's vice president and controller, is appointed vice president, Finance, Strategy and Business Development, International Operations. Gouin will report to Schulz and to Don Leclair, Ford Motor Company executive vice president and chief financial officer. In his new role, Gouin will have responsibility for all finance, strategy and business development activities within International Operations, as well as operational responsibility for markets covered by the Export and Growth organization, which includes the Middle East and more than 100 other export markets.

Gouin joined the company in 1979 in accounting and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in Finance, North America Automotive Operations, Vehicle Operations and Marketing and Sales throughout his career. Prior to his current role as the company's vice president and controller, Gouin served as controller, North America.

"Jim's experience in the company's key operations, and especially his most recent leadership role in Finance, will be a major asset to the International Operations organization," said Schulz. "Jim's responsibility will go beyond the financial aspects of the organization. He also will be responsible for business development activities for International Operations, and he is well equipped to handle such a task."

Peter Daniel, 59, currently vice president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, is elected senior vice president and controller of Ford Motor Company. He will report to Leclair.

Daniel, who joined Ford Motor Company in 1971, has held numerous international positions in Finance, including assignments with Ford's operations in South America and Asia Pacific. His roles have included assignments in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil. Prior to becoming vice president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, Daniel served as controller of the Americas and for the company's manufacturing organization.

"In his more than 30 years with the company, Peter has held many key roles in Finance," said Leclair. "The operating and finance experience he brings to this position will serve the company very well in these difficult times. Peter and I have worked together on many occasions over the years, and I look forward to working closely with him again."

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 300,000 employees worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related service includes Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

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