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BIOGRAPHY: ROBERT GRAZIANO
Robert Graziano is executive vice president, Mazda Motor Corporation and vice president, Ford Motor Company, a position he assumed on Sept. 1, 2006. He reports to Hisakazu Imaki, president and chief executive officer, Mazda Motor Corporation. Prior to this position, Graziano was president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.
Graziano joined Ford in 1982 as a sales analyst in the Omaha Ford District Office. He became a zone manager in the Houston District Office in 1984 and a department manager in Kansas City District Office in 1986. Graziano was appointed financial studies specialist in the North American Controller's Office in 1990. He moved to Lincoln Mercury to launch the Mercury Villager minivan in 1991. He was then appointed general zone manager for the Lincoln Mercury Southeast Region in 1992, a position he held until 1994 when he returned to Dearborn to work as a brand development manager.
In 1997 Graziano was appointed general marketing manager, Ford Brazil, a position he held until 1998 when he was elected strategic marketing director, Ford South America. He returned to the U.S. in 2000 as brand manager for Ford cars. In 2002, Graziano was named director, product marketing, Ford North America, a position he held until being named director, product strategy and planning in May 2003. In December 2004, Graziano was named president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.