Ford Replaces CEO with Head of Driverless Division: 2021 Not Fast Enough

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The New York Times reports Ford dumped CEO Mark Fields for Jim Hackett, the head of Ford mobility and driverless vehicles. Fields was not moving fast enough on autonomous vehicles and electric power.

In a shake-up reflecting the pressures on the American auto industry, Ford Motor is replacing its chief executive, Mark Fields, according to officials briefed on the move.

Jim Hackett, who oversees the Ford subsidiary that works on autonomous vehicles, will take the reins from Mr. Fields. Ford plans to make an announcement on Monday morning, the officials said.

During Mr. Fields's three-year tenure — a period when Ford's shares dropped 40 percent — he came under fire from investors and Ford's board for failing to expand the company's core auto business and for lagging in developing the high-tech cars of the future.

Despite spending heavily on self-driving research, Ford was struggling to keep pace with larger automakers such as General Moto
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