"To succeed in our competitive industry, and position Ford to win in a fast-changing future, we must reduce bureaucracy, empower managers, speed decision making, focus on the most valuable work and cut costs", Mr Hackett said in the email.
The cuts amount to 10 per cent of Ford's global salaried workforce.
Throughout the summer, 300 more job cuts will take place in the USA, for a total of 800 in the redesign process. Of the 7,000, about 800 involuntary separations will have occurred in the US, some 500 of which are scheduled to happen this week.
Restructuring work continues in Europe, China, South America and the International Markets Group and the Dearborn, Michigan-based company expects to complete the process in those markets by the end of August, Hackett said.
This is not the first news of this type coming from Ford this year, and it's unclear whether today's number includes cuts announced in the past.
Before the restructuring, Ford had 14 organizational layers, but that will drop to nine or less by the end of the year, Hackett's memo said. Sales in the USA, where the automakers get most of their revenue, have fallen slightly but still are strong. The layoffs included closure of five factories in the USA and Canada and cuts of another 8,000 white-collar workers worldwide.
"We have moved away from past practices in some regions where team members who were separated had to leave immediately with their belongings, instead giving people the choice to stay for a few days to wrap up and say goodbye". The layoffs included closure of five factories in the USA and Canada and cuts of another 8,000 white-collar workers worldwide.
Both companies have said the cuts are needed because the companies face huge capital expenditures to update their current vehicles and develop them for the future. General Motors has laid off roughly 4500 workers since early 2017.
Ford acknowledged in the company email that saying goodbye to colleagues is hard and emotional.
"The business imperatives behind Smart Redesign were compelling". The largest United States auto industry employer, it has about 86,000 workers in the U.S. - 48,000 of whom are in the area around Detroit, Michigan.