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Nair Exits Ford After Reports of ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

Raj Nair exits Ford Motor Company for “inappropriate behavior”…

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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.

Nair had previously headed development of the Ford GT road car and race program.

“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.”

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.”

Nair has been president of Ford North America since June 1. 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.

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  1. pdxracefan

    February 21, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Seems to be a trend gathering momentum.

  2. Jason

    February 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Metoo strikes again?

  3. Haskellb

    February 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    This is what happens when you think with the little head instead of the big one.

  4. George 917-30

    February 21, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Unfortunate that an executive deeply involved with racing, and seemingly supportive of Ford’s continued involvement, is departing. I doubt that the office furniture guy cares at all about it.

    • Dan

      February 21, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Yeah because if a guy is supportive of racing that excuses anything else they may do.(shakes head).

      • MikeT66

        February 22, 2018 at 7:18 am

        To be fair, I don’t think that is what George was implying. I read it as it is a shame a supporter of the racing programme has behaved in such a way as to finish his career, and let’s hope someone with better behaviour but similar ambitions for the Blue Oval on the track takes his place.

        • George 917-30

          February 22, 2018 at 8:26 am

          Mike, thank you (my reply was to Dan) – you can type faster, and aren’t so long-winded, lol. And you put it better than I did.

      • George 917-30

        February 22, 2018 at 8:22 am

        You can stop shaking your head (rolls eyes) – I didn’t say that he deserves any kind of pass for behavior grievous enough to be fired. I’m sure that Ford investigated at length, and is also using him as an example that no one in the corporation should get away with whatever he did (which could even be financial in nature – we don’t know). However, that doesn’t change the fact that a high level executive with a recent background in racing is a very rare thing in today’s auto business. Future programs may have a tougher time gaining traction at budget time without Nair in the room. The current management at Ford, from Bill Ford and the ex-office furniture CEO he brought in to run the company on down, seems focused elsewhere. Edsel II might be the only car guy left at the executive level.

  5. Kirk

    February 22, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Maybe he was seen test driving a Corvette.

  6. Jeff Wagner

    February 24, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    It REALLY makes me wonder just how much B.S. went on 25-50 years ago when the vast majority of people in the workplace didn’t report the vast majority of things, and after the odd time a major incident was reported very little if anything was even done!

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