Ford in Chicago
John Gunnell - February 28, 2014 08:00 AM
Ford Motor Co. Executive President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs delivered the keynote speech during the Economic Club of Chicago’s luncheon at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview. Hinrichs addressed a large audience of Economic Club members, guests and journalists. Displayed were Ford’s 50th anniversary Mustang, 2015 Lincoln Navigator and 2015 Ford F-150.
Hinrichs presented Ford’s plan on moving forward in the global automotive industry. He said that Ford defied predictions by growing the company 25 percent in a business and economic atmosphere that was expected to see a slowdown.
“It is more competitive than it has ever been,” said Hinrichs, who concluded by emphasizing the company’s future with their “One Ford” plan. The plan includes a global collaboration of automotive leadership to serve customer, employee, union, dealer, community, investor and supplier needs. “Ford is a global company,” Hinrichs said. “We take our One Ford vision very seriously.”
Hinrichs fielded replies to questions posed by members of the Chicago Economic Club during an interactive Q & A session. After dealing with some well-thought-out queries, he seemed to have positive answers to most of the interviewer’s concerns. At the end of the session, club members were invited to look over the Ford vehicles and slide into the platinum colored 2015 Mustang for some photo ops and a close look at the soon-to-be-released pony car.