Global-Marketing Director Leaving Ford

Belec Stepping Down After 24 Years, Including Three as Head of Volvo North America

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DETROIT ( -- Anne Belec, director-global marketing at Ford Motor Co., will leave the company after nearly 24 years "to pursue other interests," a spokeswoman confirmed to Advertising Age. There's no word on her successor.

Anne Belec
Anne Belec
Ms. Belec, who did not return an e-mail seeking comment, had been in the position since early 2008, reporting to Jim Farley, group VP-marketing and communications. Before that, she spent three years as president-CEO of Volvo Cars North America.

She told co-workers she's leaving Ford this week via an e-mail that was obtained by Advertising Age. "I don't know what the future will hold or where I will end up this time, but I have faith that my training at Ford will serve me well in a next career. The possibilities are exciting," she wrote in the e-mail.

Ford has Volvo on the sale block. The Swedish auto brand hasn't been able to improve its fate even with an expanded lineup, reporting North American vehicle sales of 81,446 units in 2008, 30.9% fewer than in 2007.

Ms. Belec's background at Ford was well-rounded; she worked in sales, service, marketing and product development. Ms. Belec joined Ford of Canada in 1984, a year after graduating from the University of Ottawa with a marketing and business-administration degree. The automaker transferred her to the U.S. in 1993 as marketing-plans manager at Ford Division.

Her resume includes stints at Lincoln Mercury as general marketing manager and network- and business-development manager, worldwide marketing-plans manager, and director of sales planning and distribution in North America. She was placed in the carmaker's market-leadership training program, and before she got the top job at Volvo in North America, Ms. Belec spent 18 months at Volvo Car Corp. in Sweden as VP-global sales operations.

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