Michael Martinez

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it will hire John Casesa, a former auto analyst and investment banker, to fill a newly-created position of vice president of global strategy.
 Casesa will report directly to CEO Mark Fields as the most senior leader and corporate officer overseeing global strategy and business development and will lead a team “focused on enhancing existing business strategies and identifying and evaluating new opportunities for profitable growth,” Ford said.
 He will begin his position starting March 1.
 “John knows business and the auto industry inside and out,” Fields said in a statement. “His deep experience and relationships will help guide and shape our global strategies — particularly as we challenge today’s business model and push to innovate to make us even stronger tomorrow.”
 Ford said Casesa will lead the company’s investments in new products, technologies and business models supporting a focus on innovation and Ford’s smart mobility efforts.