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DATE: January 14, 2002
Ford executive appointed to UM-Dearborn School of Management post
John Kaplan, former executive vice president of Ford
Motor Land Services Corporation and former vice president of finance
at Ford Europe, has been named the
first executive-in-residence of the School
of Management at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
"As the School of Management's executive-in-residence, Mr. Kaplan
will provide strategic leadership to help us achieve our mission to be
the school of choice for quality business education in greater metropolitan
Detroit," according to Gary Waissi, School of Management dean. "Although
Mr. Kaplan's role is likely to evolve over time, he will work primarily
to develop external relationships which support the many initiatives in
the School of Management."
Kaplan, who retired from Ford in December, has a long relationship with
the University and the School of Management. In 1963, while working at
Ford as a statistician, he spent three years attending classes on the
UM-Dearborn campus to finish his master of business administration degree
from the Ann Arbor campus. In 1994, Kaplan began serving on the Dean's
Advisory Council and became its chair in 1998.
As the School of Management's executive-in-residence, Kaplan will serve
as an advisor to faculty for curriculum and course content, and help students
in the areas of career planning. He also will contribute to executive
education by developing content for programs and serving as an instructor
and guest lecturer in the School of Management.
Kaplan will assist with recruitment of new faculty members, and the development
of a corporate affiliates program, which will provide a forum for mutually
beneficial business exchanges. He also will help to raise funds for various
programs within the School of Management.
Kaplan began his career at Ford in 1963 and held several financial positions
until he was appointed controller of product development at Ford Europe
in 1976. Kaplan held various controller positions before serving as vice
president of finance at Ford Europe from 1991 to 1994. He earned a degree
in economics at the University of Maryland and a master of business administration
at the Ann Arbor campus.
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