Ford Likely to Name New CEO in '93: Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Harold A. Poling said a decision on who will replace him will be made "sometime next year." Poling said the issue of who will succeed him at the helm of the second-largest U.S. auto maker was not discussed at Ford's board meeting. Media reports have speculated that Alexander Trotman, 59, executive vice president of North American operations, would be approved by the board as Ford's next chairman. Poling, 67, has not indicated who he would like to succeed him. According to reports, directors appear to prefer Trotman over Executive Vice President Allan Gilmour, 58, who had been groomed for the top job for the last four years.