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Ford’s Samardzich to retire

Blue ribbon: One of Ford’s top engineers over more than two decades, Barb Samardzich has most recently played a key role in turning around the Blue Oval’s fortunes in Europe.

One of auto sector’s most influential women retires amid string of Ford exec changes

General News logo21 Jul 2016

By TERRY MARTIN

- One of Ford’s highest-ranking female executives, Ford of Europe chief operating officer Barb Samardzich, has elected to retire on October 1 after more than 26 years of service.

- A vice-president of the US auto giant, Ms Samardzich, 57, will be succeeded by Steven Armstrong – a 52-year-old Brit who has similarly spent some 25 years with Ford and its subsidiary brands, and is currently serving as president of Ford South America.

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