John Lawler, since March 2018 the company’s Vice President, Strategy, is moving to a new position as Chief Executive Officer, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, and Vice President, Mobility Partnerships. He takes over AV LLC leadership from Sherif Marakby, who has elected to take a personal leave from the company.
With Ford AV LLC, Lawler leads the team charged with developing and bringing to market driverless transportation services. In addition, he will continue to be the point person for the company’s evolving partnerships with technology companies in critical areas of mobility, including vehicle connectivity and AVs.
Lawler joined the company in 1990 and brings deep operational experience to the team, having served as chairman and CEO of Ford’s complex China operations before becoming the company’s Vice President and Corporate Controller. This role included serving as CFO for Ford’s Global Markets business. He then led the company’s Strategy office, where he facilitated creation of Ford’s long-term enterprise strategy and helped deliver critical partnerships, including with VW and Mahindra.
Taking over for Lawler in the Strategy role is David McClelland, who has been driving strong performance as CEO of Ford Credit, the company’s consistently profitable dealer and customer financing arm.
Lawler will report to Jim Farley, President, New Businesses, Technology & Strategy.