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John Parker, Ford Motor Company Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific and Africa, today announced that William (Bill) H. Osborne has been named President of Ford Australia, effective February 1 2008.
He replaces Tom Gorman who has led Ford Australia since March 1 2004.
Currently President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited, Osborne will bring extensive product development and marketing experience to his new role.
"Bill Osborne has a wealth of business and industry knowledge and will be an immense asset to the Ford Australia team," said Parker.
"He has led the Ford of Canada team admirably since November 2005 and is well placed to take the Australian operations to the next level of global integration and significance.
"Tom Gorman has been an outstanding leader at Ford Australia and has brought the company through some challenging times. He has elected to move onto other exciting opportunities outside the automotive industry and we wish him well in his new role."
Gorman and Osborne will transition during February.
Prior to taking up the role of President of Ford Canada, Osborne was Executive Director, Ford Pickup Truck and Commercial Vehicles from December 2003 until November 2005. In this capacity, he had overall business and product development responsibility for F-Series, Super Duty, Ranger and Econoline and all commercial truck products.
He previously served as Engineering Director for Ford's "Tough Truck" business group where he was responsible for the design and development of all commercial and personal use trucks for the North American market. He was named to this role in January 2001.
Osborne's other roles since joining Ford in 1990 include Vehicle Line Director for the Super Duty, F Series and Excursion vehicles, Assistant Vehicle Line Director for the mid-size sedan platform and Manufacturing Operations Manager at the Romeo Engine Plant. He also previously led the V-Engine design activity within powertrain operations, the engine system activity for the Duratec V6 engines and spearheaded Ford's advanced powertrain noise and vibration research.Osborne was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University.
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