He will be replaced by Marin Burela, who will become responsible for supervising the JV’s continued expansion, which currently includes the building of a third assembly site and preparations for a second engine plant, both located in Chongqing, China. He will be appointed starting November 1. The executive previously served as president and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand.
Robert Graziano will take Burela’s role, leading the company’s expansion in Australia and the market introduction of the new Ford Ranger pickup, one of the most important new products of the One Ford plan. He will also fill in his new position on November 1. Graziano previously held multiple leadership positions in the Americas, Asia and Africa.
“We thank Jeffrey for his years of service and wish him the best in his retirement,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa region, which is headquartered in Shanghai, together with Ford China. “As we continue to realize our aggressive growth plans in Asia Pacific and Africa, we are very fortunate to have a deep bench of talented executives whose exceptional strengths and experiences we can draw on as we grow our operations in this important and diverse region."
Hinrichs will keep his current responsibilities and also will assume additional ones as chairman and CEO of Ford China, effective November 1. Ford’s Asia Pacific and Africa region covers markets on three continents, including Australia, China, India, Thailand and South Africa.