Kelvin Squires is the Global PTOME Delivery Chief Engineer for Ford Motor Company, with responsibility for launching all Power Train New Model Programs in Engine, Transmission, and Driveline Components (Axles, RDU, Independent Rear Suspension, etc.) for the following regions: North America (US, Canada, Mexico), South America (Brazil, Argentina) and Asia Pacific (India, China, Thailand).
Kelvin joined Ford Motor Company in 2001 as the Lean Manufacturing Manager (LMM) at Cleveland Engine Plant #2, after 17 years of Power Train experience with Chrysler Motors Corporation where he held various management positions in manufacturing and manufacturing engineering. Chrysler Motors Corporation offered Kelvin a Plant Manager position at McGraw Glass Plant to stay, but Kelvin correctly chose to leave Chrysler and come join the family atmosphere at Ford Motor Company.
In 2003, Kelvin was named Plant Manager for Dearborn Engine Plant and Woodhaven Forging and led the turnaround of these two plants(DEFTP and Woodhaven Forging) running $10 Million over budget to a $1.5 million under budget condition in 1 year. DEFTP was scheduled to close, but the positive turnaround help senior manufacturing leadership change the decision and kept DEFTP open and is still producing High Tech 2.0LGDI I4 Duratec Engines for the Focus vehicles globally.
In 2006, Kelvin was promoted to a Director of Manufacturing position, at Automotive Component Holdings, LLC (ACH) a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. During Kelvin’s 2.5 year stint as Director, of the 8 plants that he held responsibility for, 5 of the 8 were turned around under his leadership and made profitable (5 of 8 were sold to new buyers). The three plants that did not turn a profit were closed (Indy Steering, Monroe Driveshaft were closed, and Sheldon Road HVAC is still up for sale) or still being offered for sale at this time.
In late 2008, Kelvin was named Executive Engineer for North American Engine – Manufacturing Engineering. Kelvin’s responsibility included all current model engine production at 8 engine plants in North America and all new engine programs going into North America (USA, Canada and Mexico).
In 2010, global responsibility was added to Kelvin Executive Engineer position and included launching the Global Puma engine in South Africa, Thailand, and Argentina. By 2011, APA region along with all of South America was added to Kelvin’s area of responsibility.
In 2013, the PTME organization changed and now Kelvin now is Chief Engineer for Global Delivery of Powertrain at Ford , with responsibility for Engines, Transmissions, and Driveline Component in 75% of all Powertrain for Ford Motor Company worldwide.
Born in Detroit, Michigan –Kelvin graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1982. Kelvin worked for 2 years at Proctor & Gamble Corp before going back to University Of Rochester –Simon Graduate School of Management and attained his MBA with concentrations in Finance, Information Systems, and Accounting 1985.
Kelvin has a wife (Kelly) of 25 years and two college age daughters (Camille and Morgan) and resides in Franklin Village, Michigan.