In a surprise announcement, Ford has announced Raj Nair, its president of North America, has left the company with immediate effect. The reason? A recent internal investigation into reported inappropriate behaviour.
The firm is not going into further detail, simply saying that the review “determined certain behaviour by Nair was inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct”.
A top Ford executive, Nair had held numerous positions through the company, including overseeing the brand’s vehicle development as head of global product development and chief technical officer.
The 53-year-old started at Ford in 1987, in body and assembly operations, and has since worked for Ford throughout the globe, including stints in Europe. Recent achievements include launching the latest all-aluminium Ford F-150 truck – the world’s best-selling vehicle in 2017 – plus the Ford GT supercar and latest Ford Mustang.
“We made the decision after a thorough review and careful consideration,” said Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett in a statement. “Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values.”
Nair also made a statement, via Ford. “I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviours consistent with the principles that the company and I have always espoused,” he said.
“I continue to have the utmost faith in the people of Ford Motor Company and wish them continued success in the future.”
Ford says Raj Nair’s replacement will be announced “in the near future”.