DEARBORN, MI—Charlie Holleran, a veteran of corporate communications positions at Coca-Cola, PricewaterhouseCoopers and several other large companies, has been named vice president and chief communications officer at Ford Motor Company. The position, indicative of an increased emphasis on communications, reports to chief executive officer Bill Ford and involves responsibility for internal and external communications.
“We’re delighted to add one of the world’s best communications leaders to our team,” Bill Ford said. “Charlie brings impressive breadth and depth of experience to our top communications job. He has a terrific track record of devising short-term and long-term communications strategies, integrating messages across an organization, building a winning team, and developing talent.”
Holleran served most recently as head of corporate communications for Computer Associates International. He previously was senior vice president and chief communications officer for Coca-Cola Co.; managing director, communications, for PricewaterhouseCoopers; vice president, communications, for Digital Equipment Corporation; and vice president, public affairs, for Travelers Insurance. He also spent 20 years at IBM Corp. in marketing, advertising, public relations and event management.
“Ford is a great company with outstanding leadership under Bill Ford,” says Holleran. “Communications can play a significant role in shaping its future. I want all the company’s constituents to understand the excellent progress that Ford is making and to better appreciate its remarkable contributions to the world.”
Jim Vella, formerly vice president, public affairs and chief of staff, will turn his attention entirely to his expanded role as vice president, chief of staff, also reporting to Bill Ford. Vella, 48, will assist the chairman and CEO in managing the daily business functions and external interests of Ford Motor Company. He will also act as the primary liaison between the chairman’s office and the senior leadership of the company as well as outside constituents.
Vella joined Ford in 1988 as a producer for the Ford Communications Network. He held a series of public affairs positions before being named vice president in 2001.