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Ford has named Vijay Sankaran, as the company’s new chief software and information officer,. He will will join the company on November 16th and will report to Ford President and CEO Jim Farley. 

Sankaran was previously at TD Ameritrade for seven years, the last four as chief information officer.

Ford says it selected Sankaran to ‘hasten development and application of technology, software and data, with objectives to modernize the company and provide customers with constantly evolving, world-class services and experiences’.

Farley says: “We’re investing in our plan to modernize Ford and aren’t going to cede leadership to anyone. Technology, software and industrial excellence are as critical to our long-term success as the advanced vehicles that those competencies will help us develop.”

Sankaran adds: “Inventive companies use software, data and AI to reimagine and deliver highly differentiated product quality, operating efficiency and customer services. Brand loyalty and growth are turbocharged in organizations that are rich with and driven by data.”

For Sankaran, the assignment is a return to Ford. He was with the automaker for 12 years until 2013, in his final role as Ford IT’s chief technology officer.

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