June 02, 2015

New Chairman and Managing Director appointed for Ford of Britain

Andy Barratt has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of Britain, from July 1, 2015, succeeding Mark Ovenden who has been appointed President and CEO, Ford Sollers, the joint-venture of Ford Motor Company and JSC Sollers in Russia.

Andy Barratt
was appointed Director, Sales, Ford of Britain, in July 2011, prior to this he was Director, Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), Ford of Britain. Andy Barratt was a District Sales Manager in Ford of Britain before his role as Director FCSD and before that had led the UK sales teams for five years in the Eastern and Northern districts.

"I am delighted to welcome Mark back to Russia following a successful period improving sales and increasing the quality of our business in Britain. He is well equipped to deal with the current difficult market conditions in this market as well as the tremendous potential it offers," said Jim Farley, Executive VP and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Roelant de Waard, VP - Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe, added, "Andy has a wealth of experience in the UK business that makes him well placed to manage Ford's biggest European market and to take on the Chairman's responsibilities, representing Ford on key issues such as the future of UK automotive manufacturing, skills, research and development, and the low-emissions agenda."

Andy Barratt's replacement will be the subject of a separate announcement.


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