Ford North America President Raj Nair steps down for 'inappropriate behavior'
February 22, 2018  09:11
Indian-American Raj Nair, executive vice president and president of Ford North America has been asked to leave the Detroit-based motor company following allegations of misconduct at work place, the company said today.
Nair, 54, "is departing" from Ford effective immediately, the company said, noting that the decision follows a recent internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behaviour.
The review determined certain behaviour by Nair was inconsistent with the company's code of conduct, the statement said.
"We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration," said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett.
"Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values," he said.
In an accompanying statement Nair regretted the incident.
"I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the company and I have always espoused. I continue to have the utmost faith in the people of Ford Motor Company and wish them continued success in the future," Nair said.
Nair has been president of Ford North America since June 1, 2017. Prior to that, he served as Ford's head of global product development and chief technical officer.
Ford said his replacement will be subject to an announcement in the near future.
Having served Ford in various capacities, Nair was its vice president, operations, Asia Pacific.
In this position for three years, he was responsible for product development, manufacturing, purchasing, quality and information technology within the Asia Pacific region.
Nair joined Ford Motor Company in 1987 as a body and assembly operations launch engineer and held various positions on more than 11 vehicle programmes in 13 assembly plants. -- PTI
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