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Thu, 1 Nov 2012|

Ford Motor Co. appointed Americas chief Mark Fields as COO, effective Dec. 1, making him a strong candidate to succeed CEO Alan Mulally when he retires no sooner than the end of 2014. This video takes a look back at Fields' career, so far.


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They'll be great opportunities for everybody. War. In serving this great company going forward. And repeal another moment of opportunity have arrived. For years this best writing that was dogged by speculation. That he's in -- to DC you know. And for years he politely brushed the questions aside you know at -- -- leader of the American. -- up here yeah. That both fields in December CEO Alan Mulally he says it's not going anywhere soon there was no time for distractions. World staying focused on today. We'll continue to make progress. Again and that is our number one focus it's. Phillips joined Ford in 1989. As a newly minted Harvard MBA. He quickly built a reputation as a marketing winds and a man on the fast track at the house Ed Henry Ford built. And 1999. At 838. He was named president of -- the youngest ever chief of a Japanese auto company. And 2002. The 41 year old took the reins at Ford so premier automotive group. Consisting of luxury brands Volvo and jaguar. Land Rover Aston Martin and Lincoln. Failed to emerged as a possible CEO candidate way back in 2004. When bill Ford will still running the family company. By that time fields and edit the title of executive VP of Ford of Europe to his resume while still running PAG. We continue to remain focused laser focused our player when he was passed over in favor Boeing executive Allen Molly. -- what does all of CEO ambitions on hold. Instead he would learn from a Molly and he became a more relaxed self assured executives and the process. This is what the business needs. Over the years a more mature fields -- -- merit. Bloomberg says that it onetime. -- most cited in the press as a Jersey boy with a 1980s hair style. Who wants open a press lunch by thing. Aren't you going to ask me about my -- And feel -- -- that he could be a three fighter. And the book American icon. Often Bryce Hoffman -- -- near physical altercation between fields and former CFO. Don LeClair. The shouting match fit to be broken up by bill Ford himself. Ford is America's best selling brand. As head of the America -- a job he took in 2005. -- -- been a turnaround artist. Helping transform the North American operations from record losses for years ago to record profits this year. As jaguar and Land Rover Volvo Aston Martin and Mercury have all -- it from the lineup. Of the auto makers to surviving brands. We are very very excited about where -- -- I hate when Lincoln and our objective is really clear it was like we wanna make a world class. Luxury -- both -- product standpoint. Consumer experience standpoint. A year after that 2011 interview. More assurances for retailers. I'm -- only -- that. The dealers to not only to listen to a words but watch watch her actions we want to ask fields what keeps them up at night. His fans there. The excitement of seeing or grow again. We'll go through the doorways every morning and it's it's a very different dynamic when you were a growing profitable company. And there're a number of different issues that you work through as you're -- profitably as you do when you're restructuring business. And that's very very exciting and it's also very very motivated so. It's almost the adrenaline that that keeps me up at night. Amongst them. -- things. He was clearly excited about four regaining its investment great status from two ratings companies this year. And -- it the trademark blue awful barges so that fork get its money three billion dollar loan and avoid bankruptcy. To be able to kind of get this -- back Condit you know can sit and that's ours again. And we control our own destiny. And the cheerleading job doesn't stop there. Most recently he helped employees celebrate as the automaker took control of a suburban Detroit plant it had been operating with Mazda. -- -- -- For Automotive News TV. I'm Leslie Allen.

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