Fields, whose nearly three years at the helm have been marked by a languishing share price, is expected to announce as early as this week Ford plans to cut about 10 percent of its salaried workforce in North America and Asia. Ford does not plan any cuts to its hourly workforce or production capacity, people familiar with the company's plan said.
Ford plans to offer financial incentives to convince salaried employees to depart voluntarily, including generous early retirement offers, a person briefed on the plan said.
In 2016, Ford cut hundreds of white-collar jobs in Europe to cut costs by $200 million annually.
Ford shares were down 0.13 percent in late afternoon trading, and are down nearly 40 percent since Fields took over as CEO in July 2014.
The focus of the cost-cutting effort is
Ford declined to confirm or deny the planned
Ford said in January it was
Ford said last month it plans to cut costs by $3 billion in 2017, despite commodity prices rising by $1 billion.
On Friday, Fields held an investor lunch in Boston. UBS analyst Colin Langan said in a research note that it remains "bullish" on Ford, noting its stock is priced at seven times earnings per share, lower than the
"Fields was extremely candid about the market challenges including slowing U.S. sales, pricing pressure and rising commodities," UBS said in a research note Monday.
U.S. automakers are trimming costs as they brace for slowing auto sales.
General Motors has cut more than 4,000 U.S. jobs since