Raj Nair has left Ford after an investigation into inappropriate behavior on his part. Nair was responsible for many of the most exiciting Ford products and powertrains of recent years and departs immediately after a 30 year career. Stunningly stupid on his part – he had the best job imaginable in the company. Now he is out on the street and has hit rock bottom.
But it’s absolutely the right move by Ford, and this should be a lesson to us all. There is no room whatsoever for this type of behavior.
Ford Press Release follows:
Raj Nair, Ford’s President of North America, Exits Company
Feb 21, 2018 | DEARBORN, Michigan
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 21, 2018 – Ford Motor Company today announced that Raj Nair, executive vice president and president, North America, is departing from Ford effective immediately.
The decision follows a recent internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior. The review determined certain behavior by Nair was inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct.
“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.”
Said Nair: “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 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.
Nair’s replacement will be subject to an announcement in the near future.