New Zealanders at the helm of key Ford Markets
Ford News: Nigel Harris Appointed As Ford India President
In his new role, Harris will be responsible for managing and growing the integrated manufacturing operation of Ford India. He also will lead the charge for product programs to serve both customers in India as well as the growing export business, and he will oversee the successful implementation of Ford’s expansion plans in India, through its operations in Chennai and its second upcoming integrated facility in Sanand, Gujarat.
Harris will be based at Ford’s India corporate office in Gurgaon, and report directly to David Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific.
“Nigel’s vast experience with Ford globally will enable the Ford team in India to continue to deliver on our plan to provide great products, build a strong business and contribute to a better world,” said Dave Schoch. "In addition, Nigel’s deep understanding of the Indian market will help the company build on its strong foundation and develop a robust product strategy to ensure long term profitable growth for the Company and a bright future for everyone associated with Ford in India.”
Harris, who began his Ford career in 1985 in New Zealand as a fleet sales analyst. He held a variety of positions in Europe before returning to New Zealand where he was appointed Managing Director in the early 2000s. He then went on to positions in Africa and Asia Pacific. He also has been associated with Indian operations for long, when he served as the brand development manager for global B cars during Ford’s entry into the Indian market, almost 15 years ago. This continued through his current role overseeing sales, distribution and service for Asia Pacific, which includes India.
Ford News: Ford Motor Company Appoints Kay Hart as Managing Director, Ford Philippines
Ford Motor Company appointed Kay Hart as managing director, Ford Philippines in mid-2013. She reports directly to Matt Bradley, president, Ford ASEAN. Hart was previously serving as Dealer Development and Field Operations Director, Ford Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai, China.
In her new role, Hart is responsible for leading the successful and ongoing product-led transformation of Ford’s business in the Philippines. This is being driven by the continual introduction of new Ford vehicles, as well as the aggressive expansion of the company’s nationwide Ford dealer network and customer service experience.
Since 2009, Hart has been serving as Dealer Development and Field Operations Director. In this role, Hart had overall responsibility for the development and growth of Ford’s distribution network across the region and the rollout of Ford’s Brand@Retail global dealership facility design standard.
Prior to this role, Hart served as vice president of marketing, Ford Thailand, where she played a central role in driving the company’s overall marketing strategy and awareness of the Ford brand.
Hart joined Ford New Zealand in 1999 and over an eight year period was successful in a number of marketing, dealer and sales roles. Hart held positions such as Ford New Zealand’s National Sales Manager, Marketing Programs and Communications Manager, Parts and Service Marketing Manager and Dealer Operations Manager.
Hart is a graduate of the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a double major in Marketing and Management.