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2KWhiteSnake
11-19-2004, 09:12 PM
Got this from BON Forums.... http://warnerrobert.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=014831



FORD MOTOR COMPANY ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL AND EXECUTIVE REALIGNMENTS

Chris Theodore, vice president, Advanced Product Creation, will retire from the company, effective Dec. 1, 2004.

Effective Dec. 1, Hau Thai-Tang is appointed Director, Advanced Product Creation and Special Vehicle Team (SVT). Previously, Thai-Tang was Chief Nameplate Engineer for the Ford Mustang program.

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 19, 2004 –Ford Motor Company today announced the following personnel and organizational realignments:

Chris Theodore, vice president, Advanced Product Creation, will retire from the company, effective Dec. 1, 2004. Theodore has spent more than 30 years in the automotive industry, starting at Ford as a college intern and an engineer in the heavy truck group. Theodore also spent time at General Motors, American Motors and Chrysler, before returning to Ford in 1999 as vice president, North America Car, where he played a role in re-energizing the company’s car line-up with vehicles such as the Ford GT.

"Since re-joining the company in 1999, Chris made significant contributions to product creation at Ford, including many key product programs and, most recently, through his leadership of Advanced Product Creation," said Phil Martens, group vice president, Product Creation. "Chris brought a wealth of engineering experience and a personal passion for the product that made a real difference in every program in which he was involved."

Also effective Dec. 1, Hau Thai-Tang will assume the responsibilities of Director, Advanced Product Creation and Special Vehicle Team (SVT). In his new role, Thai-Tang will be responsible for directing the operations of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team and Advanced Product Creation team. Previous to his new appointment, Thai-Tang was Chief Nameplate Engineer for the 2005 Ford Mustang and led the development and launch of the 2001 Mustang GT, Mustang Cobra, and Bullitt Mustang GT models. He was the vehicle dynamics supervisor and vehicle engineering manager for the 2000 LS, that won Motor Trend magazine’s "Car of the Year" award. Thai-Tang's Ford experience also includes an assignment in Germany, as well as working with Ford Racing. He joined Ford in 1988 as a Ford College Graduate trainee.

To further strengthen SVT's role in the company, Thai-Tang will report directly to Martens. John Coletti continues as director of the Special Vehicle Team and will report to Thai-Tang.

"The appointment of Hau to this role further cements the importance of SVT to Ford," Martens said.

"As Mustang fans now know, Hau and his team did a fabulous job bringing the all-new 2005 Mustang to life," Martens added. "As a youngster, Hau dreamed of one day owning a Mustang. Not only did his wildest dreams come true, but Hau also brought to life the dreams of Mustang fans everywhere with the rebirth of the original Pony Car."

cobrabitn
11-19-2004, 09:58 PM
Yes, I was about to send that out to the club along with some other information. Let's see, isn't Tau from "Team Mustang"? I thought I said that it was going to go to Team Mustang and not SVT. It may be badged SVT but it still looks like Team Mustang to me. (As I said earlier) ;)

2KWhiteSnake
11-19-2004, 10:18 PM
Yes, I was about to send that out to the club along with some other information. Let's see, isn't Tau from "Team Mustang"? I thought I said that it was going to go to Team Mustang and not SVT. It may be badged SVT but it still looks like Team Mustang to me. (As I said earlier) ;)

Yah, good thing is, Team Mustang fixed the issues with the 99 recall because SVT couldn't figure it out where the problem was, so we should be in good hands. One way or another, we'll be getting another Cobra :thumbsup:

Craig

Scott99Cobra
11-21-2004, 12:43 PM
Wonder what this means for Coletti. I can't imagine him being too happy about reporting to another Director. Are his days numbered?

2KWhiteSnake
11-21-2004, 10:53 PM
Wonder what this means for Coletti. I can't imagine him being too happy about reporting to another Director. Are his days numbered?

Wasn't coletti going to Jag or some other division? Yeah, it's crazy......but hopefully it's a sign of better things to come. Re-structuring is often good, and putting fresh faces on a project keeps that drive going.

Guess we'll all have to wait and see how the 07' snake turns out.

Craig