Felicia J. Fields, Ford group vice president for Human Resources since March 25, 2008, leads the global Human Resources for Ford Motor Company. She reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO.
In this position, Fields provides expertise in key HR capabilities including succession planning and talent management, strategic workforce planning, compensation and benefits, organization development, recruiting, and leadership and professional development. She is also responsible for the company’s Dealer Policy Board. As a group vice president, Fields ensures the development and execution of business strategies that reflect the global business environment, customer and market needs.
Fields previously was vice president for Human Resources, an appointment she received on Jan. 1, 2005. Before that, she served as executive director of Human Resources, Automotive Operations and Corporate Staffs. Since joining Ford in 1986, Fields has held HR leadership positions in Manufacturing, Research, Information Technology, Finance, Product Development and Corporate Development.
Fields is the secretary and a member of the Board of the Inforum Center for Leadership and she was formerly on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and also served as Vice Chair of the Governance Committee.
Her outstanding leadership and professional achievements have been recognized by numerous professional and news organizations. Named an Automotive News Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry in 2015 for the third time, Fields’ other recognitions include 2015 Black Enterprise Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, Michigan Chronicle’s 2014 “Power 50,” an Honorary Doctor of Business degree from Northern Michigan University, 2010 Black Enterprise Most Powerful Women in Business, American Society of Employers (ASE) 2009 HR Executive of the Year and Michigan Chronicle’s 2009 Women of Excellence Award.
Born in 1965, Fields is a proud third-generation Ford employee. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with high distinction from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. She has various certifications in leadership development, personal effectiveness and diversity.