The head of Apple Inc’s car project, Doug Field, is going to work for Ford Motor Co to lead the automaker’s advanced technology and embedded systems efforts, a hiring coup for Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley.
Field most recently served as vice president of special projects at Apple and was previously senior vice president, engineering at Tesla .
Earlier in his career, Field worked at Ford.
In his new role, Field will report to Farley, leading software and connectivity strategy, and working in partnership with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform and operations officer, Ford said.
Thai-Tang oversees the development and design of cars and trucks, as well as supply chain and other operations, Ford said on Tuesday.
The hire of Field and the management structure created to accommodate him underscore the rising importance of software and digital connectivity in the auto industry.
It was not clear what Field’s decision to leave Apple means for the iPhone maker’s efforts to develop a vehicle for its brand.
Field said on Tuesday he would not talk about his work at Apple.
Apple said in a statement “we’re grateful for the contributions Doug has made to Apple and we wish him all the best in this next chapter.”