President of Ford North America departing after reports of inappropriate behavior

Raj Nair speaks onstage during Tech Crunch Disrupt NY 2017 at Pier 36

Ford Motor Company on Wednesday fired the head of its North America operations for what it termed "inappropriate behaviour".

Ford said in its announcement that the decision follows a recent internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior. Ford is sincerely committed to catering and nurturing a safe and respectful culture. He added that he continued to have great faith in the people at Ford Motor and wish them all continued success moving forward.

Nair joined Ford in 1987 and held numerous senior posts for the second largest United States automaker prior to being tapped to lead the North American unit in June 2017. He had previously served as the company's CTO, and also ran Ford's global product development.

Ford announced on Thursday, February 22, that Kumar Galhotra, another Indian American, will be taking Nair's place, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I was one of the kids that was always taking things apart".

Nair joined Ford Motor Company in 1987 and has represented the manufacturer at various motorsport events in the recent past. As vice-president of Engineering for Product Development, he oversaw all engineering for auto, truck and SUV vehicles for the Ford and Lincoln brands. He held numerous leadership positions in Europe, Asia and South America.

Nair, who is a mechanical engineer, has been Ford's point man when it relates to global product development and was widely considered as one of the few possible successors at CEO. On assignment to Europe, Nair was the vehicle operations launch manager for the 1996 European Fiesta. "The company is bringing in change at all levels". "He is also a seasoned leader who knows how to drive a business transformation", Farley said in a statement.

The sudden departure of a Ford senior executive in such circumstances comes at a bad time for Ford, with the stock price depressed despite the impact of a new CEO in 2017.

"Investors and analysts have been unhappy with the seeming lack of a clear direction for Ford", she said.

Nair, 53, was appointed to his current position last May when Hackett became CEO of the No. 2 USA automaker.

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