DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 9, 2021—Ford Land, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, supporting the implementation of an ambitious plan to grow and create value, will continue that work with a new leader, as Jim Dobleske succeeds a retiring Dave Dubensky as chair and CEO.
Dobleske will join Ford Land from CBRE, where he was the global president of Project Management. Dubensky will step away at the end of the year after more than 30 years with Ford, where he’s most recently been driving transformational projects supporting the Ford+ strategic plan, including the evolution of Ford’s Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn into a walkable, interconnected campus that fosters and speeds innovation.
“This is a case of going from strength to strength in the leadership of Ford Land,” said Kiersten Robinson, chief people and employee experience officer. “Dave and his team have been vital to Ford’s success around the globe, and Jim’s experience will help deliver and sustain best-in-class real estate, workplace experiences and facilities across the globe and, in turn, on Ford+.”
Prior to CBRE, Dobleske spent 17 years at JLL, holding a number of positions with increasing global strategic responsibility. The Ford Land role is a homecoming for Dobleske who spent 11 years at Ford in Project Management through 2002.
“I am excited to be rejoining the Ford team and leveraging my experience to contribute to bringing the Ford+ plan fully to life,” said Dobleske.
Like Dobleske going forward, Dubensky most recently had global responsibility for Ford Land’s real estate, engineering and construction, energy and sustainability, global design, facility management services, workplace experience, and corporate services.
Dubensky played an integral role in Ford’s global campus transformation plans and in the acquisition of Michigan Central Station, kicking off Ford’s new mobility innovation district in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. The MCS project comprises a sustainable community of new and revitalized buildings, shared spaces, a first-of-its-kind mobility testing platform, and 1.2 million square feet of commercial space.
In addition, Ford Land will lead the construction of two massive new environmentally and technologically advanced campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky to produce Ford’s next-generation electric vehicles and batteries required to power them at Blue Oval City in west Tennessee and Blue Oval Park in [central Kentucky.
Dubensky’s career with Ford included international assignments in Mexico, Japan and India, spanning finance, strategy, analytics, automotive credit operations and audit roles.
Dubensky and Dobleske will work together on a smooth leadership transition over the next month.
About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers. Ford designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of connected, increasingly electrified passenger and commercial vehicles: Ford trucks, utility vehicles, vans and cars, and Lincoln luxury vehicles. The company is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, connected vehicle services and mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 184,000 people worldwide. More information about the company, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company is available at corporate.ford.com.