Ford’s chief technology officer to leave company for job at Amazon

Ford Motor Co. on Thursday confirmed that its chief technology officer, Ken Washington, is departing the company for a job at technology behemoth Inc.

The move is just the latest in an emerging war for talent pitting the increasingly tech-savvy auto industry against the tech industry especially concentrated on the West Coast.

Last year, for example, General Motors Co. lost its chief financial officer, Dhivya Suryadevara, to San Francisco-based Stripe, a global technology company that handles online billing and payments. And in 2019, Alicia Boler Davis, then GM’s head of manufacturing, left for Amazon, where she now serves as vice president of global customer fulfillment.

Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company

Ford’s former CFO, Tim Stone, left the company soon after CEO Jim Farley took over as CEO last October. Stone had spent much of his career at Amazon prior to joining Ford, but departed the automaker for an artificial intelligence software company.

News of Washington’s exit was announced to Ford employees in a memo Monday. He’ll leave the Dearborn automaker July 16 to take on the role of vice president of software engineering for Amazon.