Barb Samardzich, Vice President and COO, Ford of Europe
Steven Armstrong, President, Ford South America
Barb Samardzich, Vice President and COO, Ford of Europe, has elected to retire Oct. 1.
Samardzich, has hold several leadership positions at Ford in the U.S. and Europe. As COO since November 2013, she was responsible for many Ford of Europe’s operations, including Manufacturing, Quality, Product Development, Purchasing, and Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering.
Previously she has served as Vice President, Product Development, Ford of Europe as well as officer level positions overseeing Global Product Programs and Powertrain Engineering. During her career, Samardzich was responsible for the design, engineering and development of several key Ford and Lincoln vehicles, including the 2005 model Mustang.
Steven Armstrong is appointed the new Vice President and COO Ford of Europe, effective September 1. Armstrong currently is president, Ford South America, a position in which he has served since January 2014. In his new role, he will report to Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa.