Vale Brian Inglis

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Brian Inglis, a fighter pi­lot in World War II be­fore head­ing Ford Aus­tralia, has died at the age of 90. Inglis was the first Aus­tralian to take the top job at Broad­mead­ows and his time at Ford Aus­tralia from 1970 to 1981 was one of the golden eras for the company in terms of tak­ing ground off mar­ket leader GM-H. Work­ing along­side livewire sales chief, Max Grans­den, Inglis helped take the company to the top.

One of his less con­ven­tional roles was to men­tor Ed­sel Ford II, son of Henry II, dur­ing his time as deputy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

Brian Inglis was born in Ade­laide, but be­came a Gee­long boy when his fa­ther, Scott, joined Ford. His brother Mal­colm was also a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at the company.

He stud­ied at Gee­long Gram­mar school be­fore en­list­ing with the RAAF in 1941 and fly­ing Spitfires in Europe, re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne Univer­sity be­fore join­ing Ford as a grad­u­ate trainee. He be­came di­rec­tor of in­dus­trial en­gi­neer­ing and led prepa­ra­tions for the first lo­cally-made Fal­con, be­fore ris­ing to man­ag­ing di­rec­tor’s role when he was in his mid-for­ties.

He be­came Sir Brian when he was knighted for ser­vices to in­dus­try in 1977, an hon­our that was fol­lowed by a com­pan­ion of the Or­der of Aus­tralia in 1998.

He left Ford Aus­tralia in 1981 but con­tin­ued his work­ing ca­reer as vi­cepres­i­dent of Ford Asia-Pa­cific, and in re­tire­ment he as­sisted a range of com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Op­tus Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, as well as be­ing awarded an honorary law doc­tor­ate from Monash Univer­sity.

Not all ‘blue bloods’ re­mem­ber his time at the helm fondly, as it was on Inglis’s watch that Ford killed off the leg­endary Fal­con GT and moved away from the mo­tor rac­ing-based per­for­mance ini­tia­tives es­tab­lished by his pre­de­ces­sor Bill Bourke.

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