New CIO for Ford

Internal appointee nets top IT job at carmaker

Nick Smither has been named vice president and CIO at Ford Motors.

He succeeds Marv Adams, who has resigned as senior vice president for CIO and corporate strategy, to join Citigroup as its new CIO.

Adams’ resignation is effective from April 21.

Smither most recently served as executive director for global IT business operations and reported to Adams. In his new role, he will report to Jim Padilla, Ford’s president and chief operating officer.

Smither joined Ford in 1980 as an engineer in product development for Ford Europe.

He moved to IT in 1983 as a systems analyst and subsequently held a variety of management positions in product development, finance and marketing. Smither relocated to the US in 1995 to lead the IT integration of the company’s South American sites. Before moving into his current role, Smither led the finance systems team, and the product development systems team at Ford.

“As CIO, Nick Smither will provide valuable continuity in leadership and strategic focus. We look forward to the contributions this function will make under his direction,” Padilla said in a statement. “We also wish Marv Adams well in his new role and thank him for his work at Ford Motor Company.”

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