The kickoff Midwest Automotive Media Association Chicago Auto Show breakfast will this year feature Ford's Mark Fields. The event, which is open to regular media and industry executives, will be in the Grand Ballroom of McCormick Place South, Room S100. Doors will open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with Fields' presentation commencing at 8:15 a.m.
Mark Fields is executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, and president, The Americas, a position he assumed in October 2005. In this role, Fields is responsible for all operations involved in the development, manufacturing, marketing and sales of Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.
Formerly, Fields served as executive vice president, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group (PAG), where he led all activities for Ford's premium vehicle business group, and for Ford-brand vehicles manufactured and sold in European countries. Prior to that, Fields was chairman and chief executive officer of PAG.
Fields joined Ford Motor Company in 1989. From 2000-2002, he was President and CEO of Mazda Motor Company, leading the company through a period of significant transformation. He previously held a number of positions in both South and North America, including Managing Director of Ford Argentina.
Fields was named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000 and CNBC's Asian Business Leader - Innovator of the Year for 2001. He holds an economics degree from Rutgers University (USA) and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
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