News that Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president-global product development, and Lewis Booth, chief financial officer, will retire in April may come as a surprise to some, but industry analysts and former colleagues say the auto maker has strong succession plans in place. Alan Baum, principal of Baum & Associates, an automotive analysis firm based in West Bloomfield, MI, says each man brought important attributes to his position. Booth, 63, not only possesses financial acumen but ...

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