Mark Fields - Ford Motor Company

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So from the get-go, people can say, Oh, OK, I kind of get the gist of this guy. And so once you get that out of the way, then you can get on with the work. And then importantly, I have to live up to what I talked about in terms of my leadership. Because if the sleeves don't match the cuffs, people just think you're trying to manipulate them.feedback
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Apr 24 2017 Ford
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Mark Fields is associated, including U.S. and Henry Ford. Most recently, Mark Fields has been quoted saying: “So from the get-go, people can say, Oh, OK, I kind of get the gist of this guy. And so once you get that out of the way, then you can get on with the work. And then importantly, I have to live up to what I talked about in terms of my leadership. Because if the sleeves don't match the cuffs, people just think you're trying to manipulate them.” in the article Ford CEO Mark Fields was once ridiculed for working for the company. Now he runs the joint.
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I think we have the appropriate amount of assembly plants here in the U.S.feedback

We volunteered to continue to work with him and his administration on policies that will support both investment and job creation in the U.S.feedback

This [performance] underscores the substantial progress we are making in expanding our business to be an auto and a mobility company.feedback

We just had a great conversation with the president, and he is very focused on the policies that will grow investment, jobs, here in America and American industry and of course in the automotive industry.feedback

We've repeatedly said that the mother of all trade barriers is currency manipulation and TPP fails in meaningfully dealing with that. We appreciate that the president's courage to walk away from a bad trade deal.feedback

We have a very big push on to have auto plants and other plants -- many other plants. It's happening.feedback

I know I come out with a lot of confidence that the president is very, very serious on making sure that the United States economy is going to be strong and have policies - tax, regulatory or trade - to drive that.feedback

The industry is changing, the infrastructure's starting to build, and that's why our view is (that) within the next 15 years we'll see more electrified offerings … than we'll see gasoline-powered.feedback

In our industry, the word autonomous is being used very, very liberally. There's different levels of autonomy. The question that should be asked when a company says they're going to have an autonomous vehicle ... is at what level.feedback

As we plan our business going forward, we look at a lot of factors. One is the trade environment and also tax policy. And we have taken that into account. In the meantime, we have to make decisions.feedback

We're also encouraged by the pro-growth policies that President-elect Trump and the new Congress have indicated that they will pursue.feedback

The bottom line is we're not seeing the volume and the demand that we expected for that plant. And, therefore, we're looking at our capacity and saying, You know what, we can build that in an existing facility and use capacity that we already have.feedback

Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.feedback

As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people's lives better.feedback

Our view is that we see a more positive U.S. manufacturing business environment under President-elect Trump and the pro-growth policies and proposals that he's talking about, so this is a vote of confidence for President-elect Trump and some of the policies that they may be pursuing.feedback

We're absolutely dedicated to improving the fuel economy of our customers, but doing it in a way that preserves customer choice, that preserves vehicle affordability and preserves American jobs.feedback

It always has to start with the customer. The customer demands a certain level of price and value in that segment, and it's important for us as a company to have financial success with that product.feedback

If you're a worker in that plant, you now have even more job security because we have two products coming in instead of one.feedback

We strongly believe that the right policies are going to prevail, because I think we all share the same objective: We want a healthy and vibrant U.S. economy and we're going to continue to do our part to contribute to that.feedback

What's really important to us is a stable trade environment between obviously the U.K. and the EU and that's our big priority, because we want to continue to build a profitable business and also secure a stable future for our over 14000 employees that we do have in the U.K.feedback

We are obviously monitoring the environment and the developments so we can factor that in our scenarios and at the same time we're being very forward in going to the various governments in the UK and the EU…about what our priorities are and what the impacts this could mean to the economy.feedback

I don't know what was given to Nissan. We want to contribute to economic development but what is a high priority for us is free trade between the EU and the U.K.feedback

We are seeing a tougher pricing environment, higher levels of discounts.feedback

We all share the same objective: we want a strong, vibrant U.S. economy.feedback

We're going forward with our plan to move production of the Ford Focus to Mexico, and importantly that's to make room for two very important products we'll be putting back into Michigan plants. There will be no job impact whatsoever with this move.feedback

It's really unfortunate when politics get in the way of the facts.feedback

That's why we're embracing the sharing and the services part of our business, because we think it will allow us to grow and compensate for any kind of detriment we see in the actual number of vehicles in downtown areas.feedback

This is about not going from an old business to a new business. It's just expanding our business and filling an unmet need, particularly for cities who want to solve some of their congestion and mobility issues.feedback

This is a transformational moment in our industry and it is a transformational moment for our company.feedback

We've taken our time talking about out autonomous vehicle plans because we're not in a race to make announcements. But we are in a race to do the right thing for our customers and our company.feedback

We abandoned the stepping-stone approach. There are too many risks involved in the safe "hand-over" of driving responsibility between car and driver.feedback

It's a very exciting time in the industry. Our view is autonomous vehicles could have just as much [of an] impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did 100 years ago.feedback

Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.feedback

Taking risks is extremely important. If you're not taking calculated risks as a business, you're probably going to be dying as a business over time.feedback

Without giving people permission to take risks, you'll never take risks.feedback

What I am most excited about here is the innovation that is going on. The innovation is who we are as a business, going back to Henry Ford.feedback

In most cities, 30 percent of the wasted fuel is people looking for spots. So how do we be part of the solution, this mobility solution for customers, make the world better and offer us a business opportunity.feedback

This is not about catching up or one upping the competition. We have had leadership in (autonomous vehicles) for some time now.feedback

Hopefully, at some point, the market will recognize us for that, but we're going to keep focusing on the fundamentals of the business.feedback

We want to be a leader and we will dedicate the appropriate capital.feedback

As we close out 2015, we are benefiting from six consecutive years of consistently strong results, and our performance is allowing us to reward our shareholders.feedback

In 2015, we achieved a breakthrough year as promised. For 2016, we're looking forward to delivering another outstanding year.feedback

At Ford, we've been focusing on developing autonomous vehicles for more than a decade, because for us it is very serious work.feedback

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