Monday, December 12, 2011

Ford safety expert plans retirement

Sue Cischke,  Ford Motor Co. group vice president sustainability, environment and safety engineering, has elected to retire effective Feb. 1, 2012, after 35 years of service in the automotive industry Cischke will be succeeded by Robert Brown, currently vice president of ustainability, environment and safety engineering, Ford of Europe “Sue is the very best example of someone who is committed to being part of the solution,” said Ford president and chief executive officer Alan Mulally “Sue knows how to bring people together, find common ground and make progress on the world’s big issues, especially environmental sustainability, energy independence and economic development.”
Cischke was appointed to her current role in 2008 and she has served as the company’s top environment and safety officer since 2001. In this role, she has been responsible for establishing Ford’s long-range sustainability strategy and environmental policy and assuring that Ford meets or exceeds all safety and environmental regulations worldwide. She also has been responsible for establishing Ford’s long-term safety strategy, promoting aggressive standardization of product technology that delivers real world safety benefits. Cischke led the company’s participation in the effort to develop one national standard for fuel economy, resulting in industry-wide commitments to nearly double fuel efficiency by 2025.
Before joining Ford in 2001, Cischke was senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Passenger Car Operations at DaimlerChrysler. She began her career at Chrysler Corporation in 1976 and held various engineering positions until 1994 when she was named general manager of Scientific Labs and Proving Grounds. In 1996, she was named vice president of Vehicle Certification, Compliance and Safety Affairs.
In his new role, Brown, 56, will assume direct responsibility for the company’s environment and safety strategy, policy and performance.  He will report to Alan Mulally.“Robert has the right combination of skills and experience to lead Ford forward in this very important area for our company and our stakeholders,” Mulally said.  “Robert’s appointment ensures we will be positioned to continue our leadership in the areas of sustainability and safety, and demonstrates our continued strong commitment to working together with all our stakeholders to develop holistic solutions that contribute to a better world.”
Since joining Ford as a compliance engineer in 1979, Brown, has held a variety of leadership positions including serving as Ford’s environmental regulatory manager working in Washington D.C., assistant director in the company’s Automotive Safety Office and director of Vehicle Environmental Engineering. By Joseph Szczesny


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