For those who don’t know him, Field had come to work for Apple in 2018, where he previously held a position at Tesla where he oversaw the development of electric vehicles for the company. Obviously, this was a big win for Apple at the time, as Field’s area of expertise was sort of what the company wanted to do (at least that’s what the rumors claimed).
However, over the years, the development of Apple’s so-called electric car encountered various obstacles, which ultimately led Apple to move development to another division. It’s possible that these delays and setbacks may have helped Field make an easier decision to leave the company for Ford, but that’s only our speculation.
According to Ford CEO Jim Farley, “Doug is one of the world’s most respected engineering and product design leaders and has been a driving force behind groundbreaking products in automotive, technology and mobility, including at Apple, Tesla and Segway. “
He adds, “His talent and commitment to innovation that improves customer lives will be invaluable as we build our Ford + plan to deliver exceptional products, ever-active customer relationships and ever-improving user experiences. We are delighted that Doug has chosen to join Ford and help write the next incredible chapter for this great company. “