Ford appoints Jason Luo as head of Chinese unit

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Ford Motor Company has appointed Jason Luo as chairman and CEO of Ford China.

In his new role, Jason Luo will lead all of the company’s operations in Greater China including its import business, Lincoln, its passenger car joint venture Changan Ford, commercial vehicle investment in Jiangling Motors Corporation, and our operations in Taiwan.

Luo, 51, joins Ford from Key Safety Systems, the fastest growing company in the automotive safety market, where he was global president and CEO for the past 10 years. While at Key Safety Systems, he led the business transformation and global expansion of the company and achieved significant revenue growth in China.

Luo will be based in Shanghai, reporting to Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “Jason’s leadership and track record of business growth and transformation in China make him the ideal person to lead Ford in the world’s largest vehicle market,” said Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “He will help us raise our vision in China as we become more nimble and operationally fit, expand vehicle electrification and begin to localize Lincoln vehicle assembly.”

Prior to Ford, Luo was president and CEO, Key Safety Systems (KSS) since 2007. In that role, he led the business transformation and global expansion of the company. He held several positions at KSS since 1997 including director of engineering, director of Global Engineering, vice president of Global Engineering and president of Asia Division.

Luo has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate strategy and global operations. In 2015, Ernst & Young named him Regional Entrepreneur of the year for entrepreneurial excellence in the automotive supplier category.

Luo currently serves on the Global IP and JR Automation Technologies Board of Directors. He is a senior advisor at Crestview and FountainVest Partners, chairman of the Detroit Chinese Business Association Advisory Board and a member of the Michigan State University Broad College Alumni Association board of directors.

Born in China, Luo is fluent in both Mandarin and English. He has a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, China; a master of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio and a master of business administration from Michigan State University.

In 2015, Ernst & Young named him Regional Entrepreneur of the year for entrepreneurial excellence in the automotive supplier category. Luo currently serves on the Global IP and JR Automation Technologies Board of Directors. He is a senior advisor at Crestview and FountainVest Partners, chairman of the Detroit Chinese Business Association Advisory Board and a member of the Michigan State University Broad College Alumni Association board of directors.

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