Ford announced that Vice President, Americas Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, John Savona will retire in March.   -  Photo: Ford/Work Truck

Ford announced that Vice President, Americas Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, John Savona will retire in March. 

Photo: Ford/Work Truck

Ford announced today that Vice President, Americas Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, John Savona is preparing to retire on March 1.

John Savona has worked with Ford for 33 years. He became vice president, North America Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, in 2018 and later expanded to include South America production in 2021.

Before that, he was Ford’s director of Global Manufacturing Quality, led North America quality, and managed operations throughout several manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

“I couldn’t have dreamed where these 33-plus years would take me professionally and personally,” said Savona in a press release. “It’s been a privilege to work at Ford and to grow with and learn from so many great people, especially the dedicated men and women who make our plants go every day.”

During his time as vice president, Savona navigated the challenges of new safety protocols during the global pandemic as well as widespread supply chain issues.

He was also a part of the renewal of Ford’s pro lineup including electric vehicles.

Passing the Torch

Bryce Currie, chief manufacturing officer for Johnson Controls, will follow Savona in the role. To implement a smooth transition, Currie will start at Ford on January 30.

Currie was chosen for his new role because of his servant-leadership management style according to the press release.

His new role will include partnering with:

  • Product Engineering.
  • Supply Chain Management.
  • And other functions.

Currie has a background in manufacturing, digital management, and operating distribution centers from working at Johnson Controls for over three years.

Before that, he was a corporate officer at GE Aviation for six years. He was globally responsible for:

  • Jet engine assembly.
  • Overhaul.
  • Repair and test network.

“I see this less about returning to the auto industry than being part of creating something new and exciting,” Currie said in a press release. “Ford is helping define and deliver a future made possible by smart, connected gas and electric vehicles, and that’s very appealing to me.”

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