Joe Hinrichs, 38, assumes responsibility for Ford Motor Co.'s North American vehicle assembly and stamping plants on the eve of restructuring expected to result in closures and layoffs. It is an area in which Hinrichs, who takes over as vice president-North American Vehicle Operations on Nov. 1, as part of a management shuffle announced Oct. 13, has experience. (See related story: Ford Names First Female Executive VP) Joe Hinrichs to oversee vehicle assembly for Ford. Prior to his ...

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