Few top-level executives have direct responsibility for labor relations, manufacturing, engineering and the bottom line of one or two car divisions.
As Ford of Europe's chairman and CEO, John Fleming is responsible for all of these areas -- and progress in each is tangible.
Ford of Europe showed a pretax profit in the first quarter, its global manufacturing plan is taking shape, and Ford's relations with European unions are helping maximize productivity.
Fleming, 59, will share his vision for the company's continued growth at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Bilbao, Spain, on June 22-23. Fleming will be the opening speaker June 23.
Fleming even has been successful removing one of his many hats. As chairman of Volvo Car Corp., he helped orchestrate the successful sale of the brand to Zhejiang Geely of China for $1.8 billion at the end of March.
Fleming still oversees global operations of 105 assembly, stamping and powertrain plants and worldwide engineering support for stamping, vehicle and powertrain manufacturing.
In Bilbao, Fleming will join a long list of high-profile industry speakers to address the theme "Solutions After a Crisis: Navigating out of a European Downturn."
Discussion topics include finding solutions through technological advances and environmental alternatives; making the right decisions after a crisis, including capacity adjustments and competition; and opportunities for automakers and suppliers through collaboration.