Raj Nair, Ford's President of North America, Exits Company

Andrew Cummings
February 23, 2018

Nair had spent three decades at the company before departing after an investigation into allegations of unacceptable personal conduct (Ford told Business Insider that the allegations were not of a financial nature).

On June 1, 2017, he was named as Ford's executive vice president and the head of the North American division.

When the AP contacted Nair by phone, he said he had nothing to add to that statement. "We are awarding a special stock award to [four] key leaders in critical areas as part of their long-term compensation", the company said last spring.

The announcement of Nair's replacement came with a series of shifts within the company, which Hackett said in a statement will continue to build the company toward his "vision".

A few months after Nair's appointment, the company agreed to pay up to $10,125 million to settle a sex and race harassment investigation led by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

"We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration", CEO Jim Hackett said in a statement.

Joy Falotico, former CEO of Ford Credit will replace Kumar Galhotra as CMO.

Nair has been a Ford employee since 1987, and since then, he has held a number of positions within the company.

The company is not investigating other executives for similar cases, a Ford spokesman said. Before that, he served as Ford's head of global product development and chief technical officer.

The strong decision of Ford to ask its nearly 30-year-old employee to step down highlights that people values are the top priority of the brand.

Nair was responsible for leading all aspects of Ford's North American business units.

On assignment to Europe, Nair was the vehicle operations launch manager for the 1996 European Fiesta. In a public letter, Hackett said the incident "has been a learning experience about how hard it can be to root out bad behavior" and vowed that the company had "no room for harassment".

Michelle Krebs, an analyst at Autotrader, said the departure of Mr Nair, a "rising star" who had been with the carmaker for 30 years, comes at a "particularly bad time" for Ford.

Ford announced John Lawler, 51, will be appointed to vice president of strategy, the position Rowley is leaving.

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