Ford Motor Co. (F:US) namedHau Thai-Tang its worldwide purchasing chief, replacing Tony Brown, who is retiring.
Thai-Tang, 46, currently is vice president of engineering. He was chief engineer for the 2005 Mustang, which had been the first all-new version of the sports car in 25 years. Thai-Tang received promotions after that.
In his new post, Thai-Tang will oversee $90 billion in purchasing of parts and services annually and will be the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker’s point man in dealing with suppliers. Brown, 57, joined Ford in 1999. The change is effective Aug. 1.
Ford has been tweaking its senior management, including appointing Mark Fields, 52, as chief operating officer last year, making him the automaker’s No. 2 executive behind Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, 67. Thai-Tang will report to Fields, according to a statement.
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