Ford Shuffles Top Execs, Boosts Padilla to COO

James Padilla

In a major exec­u­tive shake­up, Ford Motor Co. pro­motes North Amer­i­ca chief James Padil­la, 57, to Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer. The duties of pres­i­dent, Sir Nicholas V. Scheele, 60, were cut after Padilla’s ascen­sion. The announce­ments were made one day after Ford announced a two-fold spike in net prof­its dur­ing the first quar­ter.