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Ford will elevate Jim Farley to CEO after Jim Hackett’s turnaround bid fails

Jim Farley shows off the new Shelby GT350 Mustang in 2015.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Ford Motor Co. said it will promote Jim Farley to chief executive officer on Oct. 1 to replace Jim Hackett, who has elected to retire after his three-year bid to turn around the automaker failed to gain traction.

Farley, 58, became chief operating officer in March when his main internal rival was ousted following the botched launch of the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle. Ford’s stock was slumping under Hackett, 65, before the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated the second-largest U.S. automaker’s woes.

Last week, Ford posted a second-quarter operating loss that was less than half the $5-billion deficit it had predicted, due in part to demand for its SUVs and trucks holding up better than expected. But some of the company’s overperformance also could be chalked up to an on-paper gain from its investment in the self-driving car start-up Argo AI.

Ford shares rose 2.5% on Tuesday, paring their decline during Hackett’s tenure to 37%.


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