Ford's top environment and safety officer, Sue Cischke, has decided to retire, effective Feb. 1, 2012. Succeeding her in that post will be Robert Brown, currently Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe. Cischke assumed her current position, Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, in 2008. Among other things, she led the company’s participation in development of one national standard for fuel economy, resulting in industry-wide commitments to nearly double fuel efficiency by 2025. Before joining Ford in 2001, Cischke was Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Passenger Car Operations at DaimlerChrysler. She began her career at Chrysler Corp. in 1976 and held various engineering positions until being named General Manager of Scientific Labs and Proving Grounds in 1994.