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