Bob Shanks was named Ford Motor's executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective April 1, 2012. Shanks has overall responsibility for the company's financial operations, including the controller's office, treasury and investor relations.
In his previous role, Shanks served as Ford's vice president and controller.
Shanks has a wealth of global experience in business strategy and corporate planning. He was appointed a corporate officer of Ford in July 2004, when he was elected to the position of vice president, operations support, finance and strategy, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group (PAG). In that position, he primarily was responsible for driving financial methodology, processes, best practices and synergies between the two entities.
Prior to that assignment, Shanks was chief financial officer for PAG, as well as for Mazda Motor. In addition to other finance positions within Mazda, North America and South America, he led the finance function in Taiwan's Ford Lio Ho Motor Co. and business development activities in Ford's Asia-Pacific operations.
Shanks earned a bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University in 1975 and a master's in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1976. He joined Ford in 1977.