Raj Nair Leaves Ford Amid Allegations of Inappropriate Conduct
Ford President of North America Raj Nair will depart the company, effective immediately. According to a company press release issued today, Nair is leaving Ford following an internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior.
That review determined Nair’s behavior “was inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct,” and that he would be leaving the company. Ford has not announced who will replace Nair as Ford’s North American head.
“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 apologized in a statement found in the press release: “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.” Nair then expressed faith in the company’s employees and wished them success in the future.
Nair has been a Ford employee since 1987, and since then, he has held a number of positions within the company. Nair was named the president of Ford’s North American operations June 1, 2017 after Hackett was named the company's CEO; prior to that he served as the company’s chief technical officer. Under Nair’s stewardship, the company began to place an emphasis on modern vehicle technology, including alternative fuels, autonomous operation, and other mobility solutions.
Hackett recently tackled allegations of employee misconduct at the company’s Chicago Assembly Plant and nearby Chicago Stamping Plant. In an open letter to Ford employees, Hackett told harassers that they were not welcome at the company.
“Our promise is there will be no retaliation against anyone who speaks up, and no one is above the rules, no matter where they are in the hierarchy,” Hackett wrote in the letter. The CEO then visited the plants to drive his point home that workers must feel safe and welcomed when they head to work.
Source: Ford, The Detroit News