Leading member of Ford Motor Co. Commencement speaker for TU

Pictured is Joseph Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of Global Operations at Ford Motor, is set to deliver the graduation address during Tiffin University’s 2019 commencement.

A leading member of the Ford Motor Co. has been announced to deliver Tiffin University’s Commencement ceremony address in May.

Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of Global Operations at Ford Motor Company, is a global leader with extensive experience who oversees operations in Asia, Africa, Canada and the Americas.

Hinrichs was selected due to his career achievements and the leadership that he has provided to his professional career, Lillian Schumacher, TU’s president, said.

“I hope our graduates will benefit from hearing how Mr. Hinrichs succeeded in his career and his life based on hard work and integrity,” she said. “Take every experience, job wise or other, to build on your ability to interact successfully with people from near and far that are different from you. Everything is accomplished through working together.”

TU’s ceremony is to begin at 2 p.m. May 4 in the Heminger Center, located at 350 Miami St.

The operations Hinrichs oversees includes manufacturing and labor affairs, quality, information technology, government affairs, sustainability, environmental and safety engineering, global order, deliver and the Ford customer service division.

Hinrichs has received awards for his contributions to the automotive industry; including being named the 2013 Fortune Magazine Reader’s Choice winner as “Business Person of the Year.” He was also named one of the 10 inaugural winners of the Shanghai Pudong Business Person of the year, that same year.

Hinrichs also earned the 2008 Shien-Ming Wu Manufacturing Leadership Award and was named to Automotive News 2017 All-Stars for Manufacturing.

Hinrichs was born in Columbus and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He has also earned an honorary doctor of science and business administration degree from Cleary University.

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