Ford's newly appointed COO in China COO will be based in Shanghai.  -  Photo: Zhang Kaiyv

Ford's newly appointed COO in China COO will be based in Shanghai.

Photo: Zhang Kaiyv

Ford China has appointed Sam Wu, managing director and COO. Wu has been a senior leader in several global companies across a broad range of industries.

Based in Shanghai and reporting to Ford China President Anning Chen, Wu will oversee engineering, manufacturing, quality and purchasing, and the Ford China commercial vehicle division.


“China is the world’s largest and a strategically important auto market, and our ambitions for the country have never been higher,” said Chen. “Manufacturing effectiveness and efficiency, including the quality that customers expect and deserve, are critical to success of the Ford+ plan in China, and Sam is bringing proven capability and resolve in those areas to our team.”

Wu’s previous positions include president and CEO of Osram’s Asia-Pacific business and vice president and regional general manager for Honeywell Process Solutions in Greater China. Wu’s career also includes a tenure with General Electric.

Wu holds a bachelor’s degree in thermal energy engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and information management from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

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Cindy Brauer

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Cindy Brauer is a former managing editor for Bobit Business Media’s AutoGroup. A native of Chicago but resident of Southern California since her teens, Brauer studied journalism and earned a communications degree at California State University Fullerton. Over her career, she has written and edited content for a variety of publishing venues in a disparate range of fields.

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