Ford Romania announced yesterday that John Oldham is taking over its plant in Craiova, replacing Jan Gijsen, who has handled Ford’s operations in Romania in the last 5 years. Gijsen has been appointed Head of Ford Europe’s European Production Transformation Division. During his tenure in Romania, Ford officially launched the production of the B-MAX model and of the 1-litre EcoBoost engine in Craiova.
Having over 35 years of experience within Ford United Kingdom and Ford Europe, Oldham is no stranger to the Craiova plant. He arrived there in 2013 as Engine Plant Manager, in charge of a team of over 1,000 employees, and was appointed Ford Romania’s Production Assistant Manager in 2015, supervising both engine and auto vehicle production operations.
At the same time, Ford announced yesterday that Attila Szabo has been appointed CEO of Ford Romania’s National Sales Company, headquartered in Bucharest, thus replacing Valerio Brenciaglia who has been appointed Head of Ford Italy’s Customer Relations Division.
Ford set up its National Sales Company in Romania in August 2010, two years after it took over the plant in Craiova, a plant in which Ford has so far invested over EUR 1 bln in manufacturing engines and auto vehicles, this making it one of the most modern and competitive production plants that the company currently owns. In December 2015, Ford marked the production of 1 million 1-litre EcoBoost engines. The engines were produced at its plants in Craiova and Cologne.