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Ford has named John Lawler as its new chief executive officer, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, and vice president, Mobility Partnerships. He takes over AV LLC leadership from Sherif Marakby, who is taking a personal leave from the company.

Lawler joined the company in 1990 and served as chairman and CEO of Ford’s China operations before becoming the company’s vice president and corporate controller. He then led the company’s Strategy office, where he helped deliver partnerships, including with VW and Mahindra.

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Ford also announced that Bob Holycross will becomes Ford’s vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering.

Jim Hackett, Ford’s president and CEO, says: “It’s tough to say goodbye to leaders who achieved so much for the company, but it’s great to see our other talented team members have an opportunity to apply their expertise in new ways – especially during such an exciting time of growth and transformation at Ford.”

Earlier this month, Ford announced that Scott Griffith will join Ford Autonomous Vehicle LLC. He was previously the CEO of Zipcar. Griffith will help develop Ford’s autonomous vehicle brand and marketing.

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