Ford Executive Vice-President Raj Nair Fired For Inappropriate Behavior
By: Shirley Roberts, Xiro Xone News February 22, 2018 Updated: 1:55 PM PT
Raj Nair was an engineer when he joined Ford Motor Company since 1987. He had been the head of divisions in Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America before becoming executive vice-president. He was named Ford's executive vice president and President of North America on June 1, 2017 responsible for leading all aspects of Ford’s North American business units.
Nair worked his way up the ranks the hard way and had been a great asset to the car company, which is why his departure of a 30 year tenure is so shocking. A company official said, “Nair, the North America President, is leaving the company immediately.” But would not give details of what they determined was Nair’s “inappropriate behavior.” It was alleged that a call was made to Ford’s 24-hour hotline by, an anonymous caller.
When asked why Nair was asked to step down (fired), after 30 years of employment, Ford released a response that read, "We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration," said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett in the statement.
"Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values." He warned employees that the company will not tolerate misconduct after.
"We don't want you here, and we will move you out for engaging in any behavior like this," Hackett said in a letter to employees. "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. This is absolute."
Effective March 1, 2018 Nair, will be replaced by Kumar Galhotra, who has worked for Ford for 29 years.