DETROIT: The Ford Motor Company has appointed Jim Vella as director
for global news and information. He replaces John Spelich, who left Ford
in July to become director of worldwide corporate communications at
Gateway (PR Week, 9 July).
Vella will report to Mel Stephens, director of corporate
He will oversee a broad range of communications assignments in the
legal, financial and human resources areas, as well as general media
inquiries and crisis communications.
Vella joined Ford 11 years ago. Prior to his appointment, he served as
director of manufacturing and regional news.
Meanwhile, Ford has decided not to replace former director of public
affairs for automotive operations, Judith Muhlberg who left in
Instead, her responsibilities have been divided among existing staff.