SHANGHAI — Faith Brewitt has joined Ford in a senior regional communications role, after departing MSL China in December and filing a gender discrimination lawsuit against Publicis Groupe.

Brewitt, who joined MSL as Greater China CEO in June 2016, claimed unfair treatment by MSL compared to her male colleagues, which she alleged culminated in her exit from the firm after eight months. The lawsuit has since been resolved, with MSL denying the allegations.

A Ford representative confirmed Brewitt's arrival at Ford as Asia-Pacific and China brand communications director. She reports to Ford product communications director Sinead Phipps on an interim basis, as the automaker remains without an Asia-Pacific communications chief since Mark Truby was elevated to the global leadership role earlier this year. 

Prior to MSL, Brewitt ran her own Beijing-based consultancy, following a career that included senior roles at Dell, Fleishman-Hillard, H+K Strategies and Edelman in Greater China, Singapore and the US.