Ricardo wins gold with Ford’s World Excellence Award for cost reduction achievement

Ricardo wins gold with Ford’s World Excellence Award for cost reduction achievement
21 March 2011

Vice president of Ford Customer Service Division Frederick Toney congratulates Kevin Hauser (left) and Andy ChienRicardo has been named as one of a select group of 15 global suppliers including leading brands, Autoliv, Denso, Mahle, Robert Bosch and ZF, to be recognized for providing Ford Motor Company with the very highest levels of excellence in quality, cost and delivery.

The World Excellence Awards recognize suppliers that have aligned themselves with the values and operating practices of Ford while reaching the highest quality, technology, cost and delivery standards. The winning companies represent thousands of employees who bring diverse cultures, values and ideas to Ford in the products and services they provide.

“We made tremendous progress on the One Ford plan in 2010 and the partnership with our suppliers was absolutely critical in making that happen,” said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. “Thanks to all of our World Excellence Award winners for the work you are doing to contribute to our mutual success and serve our global customers with the very best cars and trucks.”

There are three levels of World Excellence Awards – Gold, Silver and Recognition of Achievement. Gold and Silver awards are presented to suppliers demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance. Fifteen Gold and twenty-six Silver Awards were presented this year. Ricardo received the Gold World Excellence award for the work of the company’s strategic consulting team based at Van Buren Township, Michigan, which has supported the development and implementation of Ford service parts value management processes. This work forms part of Ricardo Strategic Consulting’s highly successful Integrated Cost Reduction service line, which by September 2010 had chalked up total cost savings in excess of $100 million achieved for clients since the service was introduced in 2005.

Andy Chien, Kevin Hauser and the RSC Ford account teamRicardo Strategic Consulting North America vice president Kevin Hauser said: “Working with a range of blue chip clients such as Ford, our Integrated Cost Reduction process has been shown to realize very tangible savings while maintaining and improving upon levels of performance, quality and service. That having been said, we could not have been so successful without the relentless drive for continuous improvement and day-to-day support of our client management team at Ford. I would like to thank Ford personally for the company’s generosity in recognizing our work in this very public way and look forward to working with them to achieve even greater levels of quality, performance and cost optimization in the future.”

Ricardo Strategic Consulting North America president Andy Chien added: “It is humbling for the team at Ricardo Strategic Consulting to have been recognized with this prestigious global award. Perhaps one of the first management consultancies to receive this accolade, the award demonstrates the very hard and innovative work of the team and the very tangible results that it has delivered in partnership with Ford Motor Company.”

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