Ford Names Liz Door Supply Chain Chief

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Michigan, has hired Liz Door, a sourcing executive at appliance maker Whirlpool, to be the company’s chief supply chain officer as it looks to reset supplier relations. Door’s appointment takes effect June 12 and she will report to CFO John Lawler. The move comes nine months after Ford warned Wall Street about surging parts costs and put its CFO in charge of supply chain efforts on an interim basis while it searched for someone to take on the newly created role.

Door’s hiring is part of a minor executive team shakeup announced by Ford. Two executives are retiring: Kiersten Robinson, general manager of family vehicles and president of Mexico and Canada for Ford Blue, on July 1; and Jonathan Jennings, vice president of supply chain, as of August 1. Additionally, Dave Bozeman, head of Ford Blue’s enthusiast vehicles and the Ford Customer Service Division, is leaving the company to become CEO of global transportation and logistics company C.H. Robinson. And Tim Slatter, formerly vehicle line director for buses and vans in Ford of Europe, became head of vehicle programs in early June.

“Door brings deep, relevant domain experience – including leveraging the Internet of Things to create great value for customers – from both outside and inside the global auto industry,” Lawler said in a statement. “That’s an ideal combination for leading a team that’s determined to restore supply chain management as a competitive advantage for Ford.”

Door has served as Whirlpool’s executive vice president of global strategic sourcing since 2017. Before that, she led North America procurement at Whirpool for more than six years. Door started her career as a resident quality engineer with Prince Corp., working at a Chrysler assembly plant in St. Louis. “Ford and our suppliers will win together by delivering fresh, high-quality products for our customers,” Door said in Ford’s statement. “We’re going to expand the use of advanced quality planning throughout the supply portfolio.”

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