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Lincoln taps Mercedes-Benz's Chinese sales veteran to lead Asia, China unit
Automotive News China | 2018/6/12

SHANGHAI -- Ford Motor Co. appointed Mao Jingbo, a former executive at Mercedes-Benzí»s sales company in China, to be Lincolní»s president for Asia Pacific and China as part of efforts to hire locals to oversee China operations.

Maoí»s appointment is effective July 16, Ford said last week.

Mao will be based in Shanghai. She will report to Peter Fleet, Fordí»s head of Asia Pacific, including China, and Robert Parker, Lincolní»s global sales and marketing director.

Earlier this month, Mao quit Mercedes-Benzí»s China sales company where she had served as executive vice president for sales under the Smart brand and Mercedes-Benzí»s AMG, V-Class and Vito models since 2016.

She joined Mercedes-Benz in 2007 as the marketing director of the German luxury brandí»s China sales company. In 2013, she became the automakerí»s president for the north China region. 

Amy Marentic, president of Lincoln Asia Pacific and China, is returning to the United States where she will become Fordí»s global marketing director for autonomous vehicles.

Mao is one of several Chinese managers Ford has hired this year. 

The automaker last week appointed Cao Zhenyu, a sales executive at Changan Automobile Co., senior vice president of the newly established National Distribution Services Division for Changan Ford -- a passenger vehicle joint venture between Ford and Changan. The appointment will take effective in July.

In April, Ford hired Henry Li, a former executive vice president for Mercedes-Benzí»s China sales company, to become vice president of marketing and sales for Ford Greater China. It also made Richard Chen, who comes from Key Safety Systems, vice president of strategy and partnerships for Ford Greater China.

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