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  • 11-04-2012, 08:45 PM
    ausrutherford

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Might actually be the perfect time to get some Mazda stake back. They are back in the black and could use some Europe capacity.
  • 11-04-2012, 12:26 PM
    2b2

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by MKII View Post
    Not sure how much Fields could have affected Mazda with his rein at the helm from January 2000 to May 2002. As far as I have read Fields was sent to Mazda Japan in 1998 to close dealerships.
    When the current President James Miller retired end of December 1999, Fields took over the top job.

    I suppose Fields helped Mazda Japan down size, but regarding new product etc which got Mazda back in the game would have been when Henry Wallace was the President. This is when Mazda developed the 626, 323 & Protege models, and is also when Ford invested big time and bought controlling shares of 33.4% of Mazda.

    But what do I know, maybe Fields will do fine, I just don't like him. Mulally gives off a team spirit which IMO Fields can never do. Fields gives me the impression he is the team. More of the dictator type, not a friendly type at all.
    I could (easily?) be wrong
    but allowing for development time and bits & pieces I've read over the years, it seems that Mark Fields was instrumental (if not fully responsible) for the Mazda surge starting around 2004 with the debut of the C1 Mazda3.
    Granted the Protege led the way but imho the 3/'Axela' brought it all together (& brought me to a Mazda forum - so maybe this belief about Fields is just due to my personal perspective?).

    ...just checked
    the Mazda6 (cy2002) which, tho less of a U.S. sales success imho;
    definitely established ZoomZoom (something else to look up its timing)
    a distinctly different and consistent path from the last (dowdy imho) 626.
  • 11-04-2012, 06:17 AM
    ausrutherford

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew L View Post
    My issue with Fields was the plane controversy in 05 or so. He was using the corporate jet to fly back home every week and it was costing a fortune and at the time Ford was not doing well financially

    I hope he doesn't make more bone headed decisions like that
    That was part of his contract so he could visit his family. Also remember, those were "working trips." Its not like he was sitting on the plane sipping wine. He was working...something you can't do in coach very well.

    Mulally was using the planes as well to go home.
  • 11-04-2012, 05:33 AM
    Andrew L

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by MKII View Post
    Not sure how much Fields could have affected Mazda with his rein at the helm from January 2000 to May 2002. As far as I have read Fields was sent to Mazda Japan in 1998 to close dealerships.
    When the current President James Miller retired end of December 1999, Fields took over the top job.

    I suppose Fields helped Mazda Japan down size, but regarding new product etc which got Mazda back in the game would have been when Henry Wallace was the President. This is when Mazda developed the 626, 323 & Protege models, and is also when Ford invested big time and bought controlling shares of 33.4% of Mazda.

    But what do I know, maybe Fields will do fine, I just don't like him. Mulally gives off a team spirit which IMO Fields can never do. Fields gives me the impression he is the team. More of the dictator type, not a friendly type at all.
    My issue with Fields was the plane controversy in 05 or so. He was using the corporate jet to fly back home every week and it was costing a fortune and at the time Ford was not doing well financially

    I hope he doesn't make more bone headed decisions like that
  • 11-04-2012, 01:30 AM
    MKII

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by 2b2 View Post
    really?
    imho Mazda was the best it's been in 'living memory' under Mr. Fields
    &
    hopefully he's learned from Mr. M. how to fool-proof what comes after him
    (unlike Mazda which has fallen apart since his leaving)
    Not sure how much Fields could have affected Mazda with his rein at the helm from January 2000 to May 2002. As far as I have read Fields was sent to Mazda Japan in 1998 to close dealerships.
    When the current President James Miller retired end of December 1999, Fields took over the top job.

    I suppose Fields helped Mazda Japan down size, but regarding new product etc which got Mazda back in the game would have been when Henry Wallace was the President. This is when Mazda developed the 626, 323 & Protege models, and is also when Ford invested big time and bought controlling shares of 33.4% of Mazda.

    But what do I know, maybe Fields will do fine, I just don't like him. Mulally gives off a team spirit which IMO Fields can never do. Fields gives me the impression he is the team. More of the dictator type, not a friendly type at all.
  • 11-03-2012, 12:18 PM
    Mikes5.0

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    I'm glad to see Fields be positioned for the next CEO. He seems to 'get' that it's all about the product, so hopefully that will translate into continued improvement in Ford vehicles.
  • 11-02-2012, 11:02 AM
    2b2

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by MKII View Post
    ...Such a shame Mark Fields is being promoted. I really doubt his ability to work with the divisions outside of USA.
    really?
    imho Mazda was the best it's been in 'living memory' under Mr. Fields
    &
    hopefully he's learned from Mr. M. how to fool-proof what comes after him
    (unlike Mazda which has fallen apart since his leaving)
  • 11-02-2012, 07:46 AM
    ausrutherford

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by falcon lover View Post
    Fields will learn to work with the outsides divisions, because in 2 or 3 years he will be the CEO. Is clear that the last moves in the Ford management go to that point: Mulally step down, and Fields take the CEO position... Good luck, man. And, i am curious : is Field married? because this is the best momen for the women to catch him! hehehehehe!
    He is. Family still lives in Florida and he goes down every weekend.
  • 11-02-2012, 05:31 AM
    falcon lover

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by MKII View Post
    I wonder when Ford will announce Jost Capito's replacement for Ford's global head of sports-vehicle operations (Team RS and SVT ).
    Or has someone been named already?

    Such a shame Mark Fields is being promoted. I really doubt his ability to work with the divisions outside of USA.
    Fields will learn to work with the outsides divisions, because in 2 or 3 years he will be the CEO. Is clear that the last moves in the Ford management go to that point: Mulally step down, and Fields take the CEO position... Good luck, man. And, i am curious : is Field married? because this is the best momen for the women to catch him! hehehehehe!
  • 11-02-2012, 05:18 AM
    Andrew L

    Re: Mulally Remaining CEO Until "at Least" 2014, Other Senior Positions Shuffled

    Quote Originally Posted by MKII View Post
    I wonder when Ford will announce Jost Capito's replacement for Ford's global head of sports-vehicle operations (Team RS and SVT ).
    Or has someone been named already?

    Such a shame Mark Fields is being promoted. I really doubt his ability to work with the divisions outside of USA.
    They haven't come up with a new name for the merged RS and SVT have they yet? Now they can included FPV in that.
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