Raj Nair – Ford’s President of North America and an Executive Vice President at the company – is departing from Ford Motor Company, effective immediately. The 54-year-old executive has been in Ford’s employ for more than 30 years, first joining in 1987 as a Body and Assembly Operations launch engineer.
A release from Ford says that Raj Nair’s departure comes as “a recent internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior” has uncovered actions “inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct.”
“We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration,” says Ford Motor Company 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.”
Raj Nair, who was appointed Ford President of North America on June 1st, 2017, previously served as the company’s Chief Technical Officer from April, 2012. He was instrumental in bringing about the current Ford GT racing program, after “Project Silver” – a project to outfit the Mustang pony car for endurance racing in time for the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 Le Mans win – was canceled. Nair also played a large part in the development of the Mk III Ford Focus RS.
In response to his departure, Raj Nair said: “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.”
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.