There's a new buyer in town at Ford Motor Co.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker has seen its costs rise and its reputation among suppliers fall and on June 6 announced it is bringing in the former global sourcing executive for Whirlpool Corp. to serve as its new supply chain officer, our sister paper Automotive News writes.
Liz Door began her career at Prince Corp., a Holland, Mich.-based injection molding auto supplier that was purchased by Johnson Controls Inc. in 1996. She went on to work in supply chain roles at General Motors before joining Whirlpool.
Ford had warned investors in 2022 that its costs were rising. In May, the 2023 North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index Study from Plante Moran showed that Ford fell 23 points in terms of its working relationship with parts makers.
"Ford and our suppliers will win together by delivering fresh, high-quality products for our customers," Door said in a statement from Ford. "We're going to expand the use of advanced quality planning throughout the supply portfolio."