Marcy Klevorn is vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) effective Jan. 1, 2015. In this new role, she will oversee the information technology services for all of the company’s operations globally. Klevorn also has been elected a corporate officer.
She will report to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields.
Previously, Klevorn served as Director, Office of the CIO, a position she was appointed to in September 2013. In this role, she was responsible for managing Ford’s global IT business applications, architecture, data centers, web-hosting requirements, engineering and infrastructure services.
Klevorn has spent her entire career in IT with Ford, serving in a variety of positions in The Americas, Ford of Europe and Ford Credit.
She began her career at Ford in 1983 in Telecommunications Services and worked at various positions within Ford IT and Ford Credit through August 2003. In late 2003, as consulting program manager for the purchasing business systems initiative eVEREST, Klevorn led the analysis and decision to migrate back to legacy systems.
In 2005, she was appointed Product Lifecycle Management global director and implemented process changes in data and information management across product creation. In 2006, as Enterprise Defragmentation director, Klevorn led the strategy and implementation of infrastructure defragmentation, data center consolidation and overall systems management at Ford. From May 2006 through September 2011, she led Ford’s IT Infrastructure organization.
From September 2011 through September 2013, Klevorn served as IT Director forFord of Europe, andwas a member of the Ford of Europe Operating Committee (EOC).
Klevorn, born in October 1959, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 194,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. Ford has been a long-time supporter of STEM initiatives relevant to the automotive industry, from high school FIRST robotics teams to university solar car and electric vehicle teams. Ford Next Generation Learning is nationally recognized for engaging school districts, employers, workforce and economic development entities, and local organizations in the development of career-themed academies within existing public high schools. Ford is accelerating efforts to train future engineering, manufacturing and IT experts by establishing four career academies in Detroit that will serve 1,400 students by the end of 2015. By 2020, Ford expects to have 20 academies serving 7,000 students in cities when the company has assembly plants, as well as elsewhere in the U.S. The new Powered by Ford STEM Academies in Detroit are an innovative way to invest in the future workforce. These academies are designed to help students make the connection between classroom learning and the job, and help address talent demands for workers with strong technical backgrounds. In addition, for 31 years, Ford’s High School Science and Technology (HSSTP) program has given students the opportunity to spend time on Ford’s Dearborn campus to meet with scientists, researchers, engineers and technicians and learn how science and engineering can have real-world applications.
Supporting STEM Education at All Ages
Today at Ford, we are taking a company known as a leading industrial manufacturer and transforming it into a technology-led business that is focused both on automotive and mobility. One of our top priorities throughout Ford is to drive innovation in every part of our business. We are working to drive the business today while anticipating and delivering customer wants and needs up to 15 years down the road. I’m proud to say that IT is helping lead the way through this exciting time of change.
Our ability to be competitive moving forward will largely depend on having a work force skilled in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. These are core skills necessary to serve our continuously connected customers. That is one reason we continue to increase our commitment to a variety of STEM programs. This is a way to support our communities while helping students make a connection between classroom learning and strong career opportunities.
We are facing a societal dilemma today in the U.S. Even though most people in their teens and even younger could not imagine life without a smartphone and tablet, the same technology-savvy group shows a dangerously declining level of interest in STEM-driven areas of study. University registrations are on the decline – especially for females.
At Ford, we have strong partnerships with many universities, but we also know we must push support of STEM education to lower grades in the school system.
Earlier this year, we announced that – in collaboration with the UAW – we will be accelerating our efforts to train future engineering, manufacturing and IT professionals by adding four career academies in Detroit to serve an additional 1,400 high school students.
These academies will join our Powered by Ford STEM Academy network. Today, we have academies in Volusia County, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; and Utica, Michigan. By 2020, we expect to have 20 academies providing opportunities to 7,000 students around the U.S.
We provide financial and technical support along with mentoring, training and professional development. For example, students at the academy in Jeffersontown High School in Louisville learn math and science in the context of issues they would encounter in a manufacturing facility such as Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant.
Our dealers also support STEM programs. For example, this spring our north Texas Ford dealers and the Ford Motor Company Fund combined efforts to award $350,000 in local scholarships. 80 percent of the student recipients plan to pursue STEM degrees. The scholarships were the culmination of work done between dealers and high schools in their neighborhoods.
This year, Ford opened a new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. We now have one of the largest automotive presences in Silicon Valley and have an integrated presence in the innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley. We also have several academic relationships there, including one with Stanford University. Stanford students are working on projects from research in advanced battery design, to autonomy and user interface design.
Ford may not seem a natural choice for these Stanford students to consider as they enter the job market, but this shows another example of why it is so important to be in the community. As the students learn about Ford’s determination to deliver leading efforts in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and use of big data, they can see the automotive industry is a tremendously exciting place to be, where experimentation is vital to future success. Our work is about more than moving from point A to point B, it is about human progress.
While IT has historically been a support function focused on continuous improvement of efficiency and productivity, today IT is integral to every piece of technical innovation occurring at Ford – from Silicon Valley to the plant floor in Louisville. That again points to the changing skill sets needed as we move forward, along with the responsibility we all have to help develop and attract talent to our companies.
To that end, all of us seen as role models need to take time to act as mentors. At each step along my journey, I have tried to turn around to give back. One way is through formal programs such as the Michigan Council for Women in Technology, an organization that is dedicated to inspiring young women in information technology. However, giving back is also about being present in the community and being consistently approachable to those seeking advice or assistance.
I am often asked what advice I have for young women seeking STEM careers. My personal story is that I got into IT almost by mistake. As a marketing manager, I found that while I liked developing relationships, I equally enjoyed solving problems with technical solutions. So I advise young women to be willing to try things to find out what they really enjoy and where they can excel. I also advise them to be more confident than they naturally feel; people almost always exceed their own expectations. We all need to believe in our own abilities and seek the support of those around us – most people are interested in sharing and helping you succeed!
We are in one of the most exhilarating phases of development in the nation’s history. At Ford, we look forward to working together in partnership with other leaders in business, education and government to ensure we are creating great jobs and supporting the education needed to create a skilled work force.