Ford of Europe will have a new manufacturing boss on Jan. 1, when vehicle operations chief Mike Flewitt succeeds the retiring Ken Macfarlane.
Flewitt, 49, served as general manager of Ford Otosan, Ford's joint venture with Koc Holding AS in Turkey, before taking his current job. He started his working life as a trainee at Ford's factory in Halewood, England, in 1983.
Macfarlane, 61, was appointed Ford of Europe's manufacturing chief in December 2008, responsible for the operations of the automaker's 21 European assembly, stamping and powertrain plants.
He played a leading role this year in the formation of a joint venture in Russia with Sollers and the ongoing transformation of Ford's new manufacturing facility in Romania. Ford took control of the former Daewoo plant in Craiova, Romania, 2007 and will build its new B-Max small minivan there as well as a second, as-yet-unnamed small-segment model.