Nigel Harris has been appointed as President, Ford India effective February, 1, 2014. He will succeed Joginder Singh who has been assigned a new role of Director, Corporate Strategy, Ford Motor Company and he will repatriate to the U.S and takes on his new corporate role starting March 1, 2014. Mr. Singh had played an important role in the launch of Ford EcoSport in India.
In his new role as the President, Mr. Harris will oversee the successful implementation of Ford’s expansion plans in India and will be responsible for managing and growing the integrated manufacturing operations of Ford India. He will also lead the charge for product programs to serve both customers in India as well as the growing export business. He also has been associated with Indian operations serving as the brand development manager for global B cars during Ford’s entry into the Indian market almost 15 years ago.
Mr. Harris began his career in 1985 in New Zealand as a fleet sales analyst and has held a variety of positions in Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.
In a Ford communiqué mailed to us, David Schoch, President, Ford Asia Pacific, is quoted as saying that Mr. Harris has vast experience with Ford globally and that he also has deep understanding of the Indian market.
Mr. Harris will be based at Ford’s India corporate office in Gurgaon and will be reporting directly to Mr. Schoch. His biggest short term challenge will be to sync EcoSport’s production and huge waiting periods.
Presently, Ford operates from its manufacturing unit in Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai. The company’s second integrated manufacturing facility is coming up in Sanand, Gujarat shortly.