At Ford, Poore has held a number of marketing and sales positions in the U.S. and Latin America. Most recently, he was group marketing manager, Lincoln/Mercury Division, and truck group marketing manager, Ford Division.
Thompson had been with Nissan since 2004, having jumped the fence from the agency to client side. She had been president/CEO for five years of L.A.-based The Designory, an Omnicom marketing agency. Before that, Thompson had held positions at Chrysler, Toyota's Lexus division and Mazda, where she was VP/marketing.