GROUP VP-GLOBAL MARKETING,
THE NUMBERS: Ford's F-Series truck line, America's perennial best-selling vehicle, posted its second straight sales increase in September, up 4%, and has gained more than 3 points of market share in the full-size truck segment. The Ford brand was the nation's second-best-selling brand behind Toyota in the first three quarters of 2009—and it was only outsold by Toyota by some 41,000 units. Through September, U.S. market share for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury grew by a full percentage point to 15.2%. Ford spent over $1 billion in measured media in 2008. First half spending was down 7.3%, but Mr. Farley is beefing up ad spending for the next couple quarters.
THE KEY LIEUTENANTS: Ken Czubay, VP-sales and marketing; Elena Ford, director-global marketing, sales and service operations and great-great granddaughter of company founder Henry Ford; Matt VanDyke, marketing director; Dave Sanabria, ad manager; and Connie Fontaine, manager-brand content and alliances.
THE CHALLENGES: Although Ford has reported an $834 million profit for the first half of the year, partly due to restructuring, it still needs to prove it can generate cash and manage its $35 billion in debt. The company has said it still doesn't expect to break even or post an annual profit until 2011.
THE AGENCIES: Team Detroit, Dearborn, a co-mingled group of five WPP agencies, handles U.S. national and regional creative, strategy, digital and media.