The Indian American president in North America of Detroit, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co., Raj Nair, has left the company following an investigation that confirmed complaints of inappropriate behavior, Ford said Feb. 21.
The decision follows a recent internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior. The review determined certain behavior by Nair was inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct, the company said in a news release.
“We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration,” said Ford president and chief executive officer Jim Hackett. “Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values.”
The move is effective immediately.
"I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the company and I have always espoused,” the 53-year-old Nair said in a statement. “I continue to have the utmost faith in the people of Ford Motor Company and wish them continued success in the future."
Before his latest position, Nair was Ford's head of product development and chief technical officer. He oversaw the launch of the 2016 GT supercar, aluminum-bodied F-150 and 50th-anniversary Mustang, among a plethora of other vehicles.
Nair's tenure as product boss wasn't without controversy. The automaker twice had to lower mileage claims for its C-Max crossover and reimburse owners when the vehicle didn't achieve the rating originally advertised, Automotive News reported.
Nair started at Ford in 1987 as a body and assembly operations launch engineer and held various positions on more than 11 vehicle programs in 13 assembly plants, according to Ford's media website. He also worked on assignments in Europe, South America and Asia Pacific.
Days before Hackett was named CEO, Ford last year awarded Nair a $5 million retention bonus that would vest in May of 2020, the publication said.
Nair holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an automotive specialty from Kettering University in Flint, Mich., and was named the recipient of the 2012 Kettering Alumni Award for Management Achievement.
In 2014, he was named the Fortune Automotive Businessperson of the Year. In addition to his responsibilities at Ford, Nair serves on the board of trustees of Kettering University.
Ford said it would announce Nair's replacement in the near future.
(With AP reports)