Hail to the new leader
THE revolving door at Ford Australia keeps turning with the announcement of its fifth new chief executive since 2004.
Having been in the job for a little over two years, Geelong-born Marin Burela the first Australian to hold the job since 2005 this week announced he would be replaced by American executive Robert Graziano as of Monday.
Graziano, an employee of Ford since 1982, was chairman and CEO of Ford China. Burela becomes president of Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co Ltd in China.
He said this was a ‘‘very significant role’’ and central to Ford’s growth in what is rapidly becoming the world’s biggest auto market.
‘‘It certainly wasn’t my plan to be here two years only, nor was that the company’s plan,’’ Burela said.
‘‘Only three weeks ago we relocated our daughter from the UK back to Australia so she could complete her education. The plan was always to stay here.’’
Burela denied his sudden move to a flourishing market where some 35 million vehicles will sold in the next decade indicated that Australia was considered a low priority by Ford.
Burela said Ford ‘‘was in a good place’’.