IT Industry Alert: Ford Motor Company Announces Marcy Klevorn as New Chief Information Officer

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After more than 30 years of service within the company, Marcy Klevorn has been appointed as Ford Motor’s newest Chief Information Officer replacing Nick Smither who will retire at the end of 2014.

“There’s a ton of software in a vehicle. One of the things my team works to provide is a seamless experience between home, office and vehicle, so that people can move easily between those spaces to drive safely and conduct their business,” said Klevorn. “IT, together with the advent of social media, continues to make everyone’s life more transparent — the way we interact, consume and work.”

Klevorn – Then and Now

Klevorn previously served as Director, Office of the CIO, where she was responsible for Ford’s global business applications, data centers, networks, infrastructure, and architecture. She will now be charged with overseeing all of the company’s information technology services and strategy. Klevorn has held leadership positions in The Americas, Ford of Europe and Ford’s financial arm, Ford Credit. She will now report directly to CEO Mark Fields.

Klevorn began her career in the company’s telecommunications services division in 1983. In the early 2000s, Klevorn played a big role in migrating back to legacy systems. She was appointed Global Director, Product Lifecycle Management in 2005, and since then has implemented significant changes in data and information management, and led a successful data center consolidation.

Leading Woman in Auto Industry

Klevorn holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, and serves as President of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. She was named one of 100 leading women in the North American auto industry by Automotive News in 2010.

As Ford continues to lead the way in the automotive industry, Klevorn will be charged with implementing, maintaining, and supporting internal IT systems. She’ll be looking for ways to stay on the forefront of technology trends and systems. DiscoverOrg analysts have found that Chief Information Officers spend a large portion of their budget in their first three months of tenure. If your product or service is a good fit for Ford, now is the time to reach out. Stay in front of opportunities with DiscoverOrg’s Triggers, alerting you of selling opportunities happening in your area or target accounts.

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