Several senior leaders at Ford Motor Company are leaving the company, joining other recent departures. While details of the departures are not disclosed, it appears CEO Jim Hackett is putting his mark on the leadership team inside the Glass House.
Among the most senior departures is Musa Tariq, who has served as the chief brand officer of the Ford brand for about a year. Ford says his responsibilities will change over to company’s chief marketing officer Joy Falotico.
“Musa is a proven leader of brand transformation, having led similar work at some of the world’s most admired brands before coming to Ford, and he is a leader known for creativity and social media expertise,” said Ford president and chief executive Jim Hackett. “Over the last year, he has been helping to drive the same transformation at Ford. We are grateful for his service and will carry on the work he has started.”
Automotive News reports that Raj Rao, head of the Ford Smart Mobility division plans to leave the company on May 1. One of Rao’s direct-reports, Laura Merling, left the company back in January. Merling was running Ford’s autonomous vehicle development.
Ford has also swapped out its top human resources executive to help find replacements. Kiersten Robinson will take over the HR organization on April 1st, she is a 23-year veteran of Ford.
These recent departures add into Raj Nair’s swift departure a few weeks ago after accusations of improper behavior. Nair’s exit setup of a chain of executive shuffles at the company.
All of these executive changes likely stem from the ouster of former CEO Mark Fields, who was replaced by Jim Hackett.