Ford has named Nancy Gioia to the newly created post of director of Global Electrification. Formerly Ford's director of Sustainable Mobility Technology and Hybrid Vehicle Programs, North America, Gioia will lead strategy and planning for the next generation of Ford's global electric vehicle portfolio. Her responsibilities will encompass product planning and supplier partnerships as well as any future collaboration undertaken with various representatives of the energy industry and the government.

"Ford is strongly positioned to accelerate its electric vehicle strategy thanks in part to the significant research we've already completed," said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. "Nancy's unique background and experience in leading the hybrid technology and electric vehicle product teams position her well to coordinate our electric efforts across product development, sustainability and government affairs as we move to the next frontier of this new form of transportation."

Gioia's ambitious roster of responsibilities will require her to hit the ground running, as the automaker has previously announced plans to develop and launch three different types of hybrid and pure electric vehicles within the next 12-36 months. First up is a battery-electric version of Ford's recently released Transit Connect commercial van due in 2010. An electric version of the Focus will roll into showrooms in 2011 while a next-generation hybrid vehicle, as well as a plug-in hybrid, are slated to arrive in 2012.

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