Well before Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally initiated his “One Ford” strategy, which calls for all divisions to operate on a collaborative global basis, work was under way to merge powertrain operations, a top executive says. “We’re lucky we started on a global journey long before ‘One Ford,’” Barb Samardzich, vice president-global powertrain engineering, says in an interview with Ward’s. “(We looked) at where the hub of technology and expertise was (globally); who is more vested in it; ...

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