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Ford Hires Apple Car Chief in Coup for Recovering Automaker

  • Doug Field played a major role launching the Model 3 at Tesla
  • He returned to Apple in 2018 as a VP in special projects group
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Ford Hires Away Apple's Top Car Chief
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Ford Motor Co. is hiring the head of Apple Inc.’s car project away from the iPhone maker, a stunning development that brings the 118-year-old automaker an executive with Silicon Valley chops.

Doug Field is coming aboard as chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer, Ford said in a statement. Field also previously worked as a top engineer at Tesla Inc. between two stints at Apple -- most recently as a vice president in its special projects group -- and played a major role at Tesla launching the Model 3 sedan.