New ter­ri­tory

The head of Ford Aus­tralia heads to China, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE top man at Ford Aus­tralia is new again – for the fifth time since 2004. This time it’s an­other Amer­i­can, Bob Graziano, who is tak­ing over the pres­i­dent’s of­fice as Marin Burela heads to China.

Burela boasts he re­turned Ford Aus­tralia to profit de­spite slow­ing sales of the home­grown Fal­con and Ter­ri­tory, which gets a ma­jor update and V6 turbo-diesel en­gine next year, and has laid the foun­da­tions for a sig­nif­i­cant prod­uct push led by the all-new Ranger pickup.

Gee­long-born Burela was only in sales in the world’s fastest-grow­ing car mar­ket.

Graziano is com­ing to Aus­tralia from Ford China, where he was chair­man.

He has been with the com­pany since 1982, work­ing in the US and Asia.

‘‘I could not have picked a bet­ter suc­ces­sor,’’ Burela says.

‘‘One thing that dis­tin­guishes us from the auto pack is that our ex­ec­u­tive strength is very strong. We are in­ter­change­able. Bob is very ex­cited to be com­ing to Aus­tralia.’’

Graziano ar­rives at a cru­cial time for Ford, with the Ter­ri­tory update to be fol­lowed by the first four­cylin­der Fal­con in 2011.

Go­ing east: Marin Burela is off to a new job.

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