"Senior executives at Ford Motor Co. F 0.42% have come to expect emails from their new boss, Chief Executive Jim Hackett, that include links to TED Talks and articles from Science Daily. They often come around 11 p.m., when he catches up on his reading.
The former chief of an office-furniture maker, Mr. Hackett frequently references the work of theoretical physicist Geoffrey West and uses terms such as “think phase” (a concept from his design background) and “clock speed” (a phrase from computing). In conversations, he often reaches for the nearest piece of paper or whiteboard to articulate his thinking by sketching out a diagram."
As someone who has ten years of experience in the automotive industry, you understands the importance of manufacturing (this is why Toyota makes so much money) competitiveness, and the importance of high margin product.
Although Hackett hasn't been at Ford for very long, these quotes don't inspire confidence. I don't see the focus on product or manufacturing like Marchionne had during his tenure at FCA.
And the 28 year old Chief of Staff is weird.