DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- Peter Sherry Jr., Ford Motor Company associate general counsel for Corporate and Commercial Matters and corporate secretary, has elected to retire effective April 1, 2012, after more than 31 years of service with the automaker
- Sherry will be succeeded by Bradley Gayton, currently Ford assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today announced that Peter Sherry Jr., Ford associate general counsel for Corporate and Commercial Matters and corporate secretary, has elected to retire effective April 1, after more than 31 years of service with the automaker. Sherry, 56, was appointed to his current role in 2003.
Sherry joined the Company in 1980 as a staff attorney and held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career at Ford. He was the lead attorney in the sale of Ford's heavy truck operations to Freightliner in 1997, the acquisition of Volvo Cars from AB Volvo in 1999 and the acquisition of Land Rover from BMW in 2000. He also spent four years working in Ford of Europe. Sherry was appointed secretary of the company on April 1, 2003, and in that role participated in numerous major corporate initiatives.
The company's board of directors has elected Bradley Gayton to succeed Sherry as corporate secretary effective April 1. Gayton, currently serving as assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, will continue in his role as assistant general counsel. He has been in that role since January 2011.
In his new role, Gayton, 48, will assume direct responsibility as secretary to the board of directors and for related legal matters such as SEC filings and compliance, proxy statements and annual meeting matters and support of Ford's Treasury operations. He retains responsibility for legal matters for Canada, Mexico and South America. He will report to David Leitch, Ford group vice president and general counsel.
Since joining Ford as a staff attorney in 1991, Gayton has held a variety of leadership positions including serving as Ford's director of Global Trade, Taxation and Customs, Assistant Tax Officer and director of Legal Affairs – Canada, Mexico and South America.
Gayton holds a bachelor's degree in business and a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com
SOURCE Ford Motor Company