Ford Gets Ken Czubay as New U.S. Sales and Marketing Head
By Brendan Moore
Ford has plucked their new U.S. sales and marketing head from Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC where he was president of that company. Ken Czubay is the new guy at Ford now where he joins his old friend Jim Farley, group vice president for Ford worldwide and former head of Lexus. In addition to his duties at Southeast Toyota, Czubay also ran the world’s highest-volume Lexus dealership, JM Lexus in Margate, Florida. Czubay will report directly to Farley in his new position, which he will start at on July 16th.
Czubay is joining Ford at a tough time for the company; they are coming off some terrible consecutive quarters and are now in the middle of the worst overall decline for all companies in the auto business in recent decades. He will certainly have his work cut out for him. Of course, there is the solace that there is probably only upside in his new job; if the company goes under, that will happen soon and no one can really blame him, and if it triumphs in the face of this staggering adversity, then he will be one of the heroes.
The post Czubay accepted is the one Cisco Codina had until September 2007, when he retired. The position has been empty since that time. When Czubay assumes his new post June 16th, the following people will be his direct reports:
Randy Ortiz, general sales manager, Ford, Lincoln Mercury
John Felice, who now becomes general marketing manager, Ford, Lincoln Mercury, after having been general market manager for only Ford previously. All three positions are now his responsibility.
Kevin Koswick, director, North American Fleet, Lease and Re-marketing Organization
David Thomas, who is now director, North American Order Management and Sales Planning, and was previously managing only sales planning.
A Hamtramck and Detroit native, Czubay joined Ford originally way back in 1970 as a financial analyst with Ford Motor Credit Co. He gradually worked his way up to several positions in middle management for the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury divisions.
Czubay moved over to Nissan Motor Co. in California in 1983, where he worked in sales and marketing until 1987. He then went to the retail side of the business as an executive at the Suburban Collection, a Detroit mega-dealer. Czubay has been with Southeast Toyota Distributors, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., the largest independent distributor of Toyota and Scion vehicles in the world, since 1990.
Czuby said he was glad to be coming back to Ford and the city of Dearborn. “I am joining Ford for the chance to work with a group of committed, energized colleagues who are really embracing the challenge of restoring a great American icon. Once you have been at Ford, it’s always in your blood. I couldn’t be more excited to be coming home”, Czubay stated.
The appointment of Czubay will leave Farley more free time to work with global product development head Derrick Kuzak on the company’s all-consuming turnaround efforts, Ford said.
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