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Nair Named Multimatic President, COO

Ousted Ford North America President joins Multimatic in new executive role…

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Former Ford executive Raj Nair has been named the President and Chief Operating Officer of Multimatic, it has been revealed.

It comes following Nair’s exit as President of Ford North America due to an internal investigation for “inappropriate behavior.”

New of Nair’s new appointment with the Canadian-based firm, which has been responsible for the build and technical support of the Ford GT, broke on Friday.

Nair confirmed his new job on FordGTForum.com, saying: “I’m really excited about joining the Multimatic team and our future.

“And of course, I’m so happy to be able to stay part of the GT community!” 

Nair, a longtime engineer with the Detroit automaker, had been one of the masterminds behind the Ford GT program, which Multimatic had helped orchestrate.

He was promoted to Head of Ford North America in May 2017, although abruptly resigned in February due to behavior that, according to Ford was “inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct.”

Multimatic is responsible for the production of the Ford GT road cars, while also operating the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing-entered cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“Raj brings extensive knowledge, perspective and skills in engineering, manufacturing, management and overall auto industry experience to Multimatic,” Multimatic’s Head of Sales and Marketing Michael Guttilla told Road & Track.

“These qualities will help Multimatic attain another level of performance for our customers.”

It’s understood Nair started his new position on May 7.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Dave

    May 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Happy to get a mention on one of my favorite websites on the net.

    Raj is a tremendous addition for Multimatic. Should be a dream job for a talented engineer at a company steeped in motorsports, technical excellence and fun toy solutions for a variety of manufacturers.

  2. Michael Brown

    May 19, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    still wondering what “inappropriate behavior” was and why he would get hired on in a role so close to Ford with that…….

    • ernie2492

      May 21, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      Trying to get nex-gen Fiesta ST released in US & didn’t kill the non-crossover/SUV/truck cars..

  3. Patrick

    May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    It wasn’t sexy related, to which the open-ended-ness and the current topic of media would sway one to think. From a conversation I remember roughly, it was more of a misunderstanding/lack of tolerance in attitude and/or behaviour. Sort of like using “shop talk” in a business setting too liberally. Something like that, but don’t quote me.

  4. David Chaste

    May 21, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Nice rebound, but not much beats running ford’s entire north american operation.

    However, his countryman has his old job so assuming they get along, he can net multimatic some lucrative Ford r&d, testing, or racing contracts. Which is exactly why they picked him up.

  5. RobertB

    May 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Yeah, it’s too bad they can’t just come out and say what happened. People assume the worst and it really hurt his reputation. I have no idea the severity of what he did or if somebody got hurt, but I respected what he did at Ford.

  6. MikeT66

    May 22, 2018 at 1:04 am

    This reads as though Ford didn’t ‘really’ want to lose Raj, but perhaps had to be seen to do ‘the right thing’… and after a decent period of time re-appoint where he is required. Yes, it’s a step down, but Raj was massively positive about Ford’s motorsport tradition and supported it relentlessly.

    I wish him well and hope he can continue to pust the GT agenda and the Multimatic Mustangs.

  7. Bob

    May 22, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I dont get it. If Ford didnt want him anymore, why would major business partner Multimatic pick him up? Ford didnt want to deal w/ Raj but now will continue to thru Multimatic? Wierd & I dont see the positive moving forward. I’m not against Raj. Have no idea what happened. Great that he got new job tho.

  8. John

    May 23, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Some ask why Ford wouldn’t reveal why he was fired? Would you want your employer to publicly air your dirty laundry? It’s an HR matter, and Ford may not be bound only by company policy and/or a severance agreement, but state law.

    Whatever the cause, the fact that he was dismissed with immediate effect, and not allowed to save face by leaving to “pursue other opportunities” or some other PR-friendly cover suggests that it was a serious transgression, at least according to Ford’s standards. He was with the company for 28 years and shown the door, just like that.

    One might also assume that, as with former government officials who go onto cushy positions with consulting and legal firms that hold government contracts, or other cozy relationships, he is in a position to help Multimatic preserve its relationship with Ford.

    While that’s often the case, there is no guarantee in this situation that Ford will continue, after the GT program ends, and whatever other projects in progress have concluded. Nair was obviously a big fan of the GT and the racing program, so he could simply have been hired as a result of his role in overseeing those projects, not because of his former position. It could go either way.

    Man, we need LM test day to come around, so we need not talk about stuff like this.

  9. KV

    May 30, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    RAJ NAIR IS THE MODERNDAY Jack ROUCH,and FORD has been putting out feelers to field GT P !

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