Ford hires former Apple, Tesla executive as advanced technology chief

Ford Motor Co. announced the hiring of a new executive Tuesday, whose résumé spanned positions at technology giant Apple Inc. and electric vehicle operator Tesla, Inc.

Doug Field will join automaker Dearborn as Chief Advanced Technology and Embedded Systems Officer. Field and his team will work to deliver services enabled by digital connectivity.

Doug Field

He reports to CEO Jim Farley and works closely with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Platform and Operations Officer, on digitally connected products and experiences, a focus area of Farley’s growth plan for the company.

Field, whose appointment took effect Tuesday, most recently served as Apple’s vice president of special products. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Tesla.