Ford Motor Co. of Canada has named Mark Buzzell its next president and CEO, replacing Dianne Craig, who served in this role for the past five years. The appointment is effective as of Jan. 1, 2017.
Craig has been appointed U.S. director of sales for Ford Motor Co., also effective Jan. 1, 2017.
"Dianne Craig’s outstanding contributions at Ford of Canada make her the right person to help build future sales success in the U.S.,” Ford’s President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs said in a statement.
Craig, 52, was named one of Automotive News’ 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry last year.
It was not immediately clear if Craig is taking over the position from another executive, nor was it immediately known to whom she will report. Voicemails and emails left for Ford spokespeople seeking answers were not returned as of publication.
Buzzell, currently general manager for the western market area in the United States, joined Ford in 1989 and has held a variety of marketing, sales and service positions across the country, as well as in the Caribbean and Central America. He has a bachelor of business degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame.
“Based on my own experience at Ford of Canada, I know that Mark Buzzell is a perfect fit to lead the organization as it continues to put the customer experience first and build a strong future for its employees, dealers and communities,” said Hinrichs, who was president and CEO at Ford of Canada in 2005.
“I look forward to joining Ford of Canada’s winning team to lead the company’s efforts to be the most trusted and admired automotive brand in the country,” Buzzell said in the same statement.
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