Joby Aviation, a transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft which it intends to operate as a commercial passenger aircraft beginning in 2024, has appointed Matthew Allen Field as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective March 5, 2021. Field is currently Chief Financial Officer, North America, at Ford Motor Company where he is responsible for the financial operations of a $100 billion revenue operation.
“As well as having a remarkable track record of financial leadership, Matt has been a tireless champion of innovation,” said JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby Aviation. “The experience he has gained over two decades at Ford will be invaluable to us as we seek to build a global passenger service and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to Joby.”
Commenting on his appointment, Field said: “Advances in technology are breaking down long-standing industry barriers and opening up remarkable new opportunities for traveling by air.
“The team at Joby is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the untapped potential to take transportation vertical, and I’m humbled to be joining them at such an exciting moment in their history.”
In his current role, Field oversees the finances of Ford’s largest automotive division, which employs more than 100,000 employees and produces more than 2.5 million units a year.
Field has spent more than two decades at Ford, in a variety of roles including General Auditor, where he led the modernization of internal audit, and CFO at Lincoln, where he launched the brand in China and reinvigorated commercial performance in the U.S.
Prior to joining Ford, Field worked at Goldman Sachs and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He has worked in international operations for much of his career, including 9 years in Asia Pacific and on selected projects in South Africa, Brazil, Europe and Egypt. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College.