President of Changan Ford joint venture in China Nigel Harris to retire
Ford announced that Steven Armstrong, who is currently chairman, Ford of Europe, has been named president of the Changan Ford joint venture in China. Armstrong succeeds Nigel Harris, who has elected to retire from Ford at the end of the year after 34 years of service with the company. The new role for Armstrong will be effective October 1. He will report to Ford China President and CEO Anning Chen. Armstrong brings to the new position more than 30 years of automotive and Ford experience from a variety of general management and purchasing leadership positions around the world. He has served as president and chairman of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa; president of Ford South America; COO of Getrag-Ford Transmissions and in senior leadership positions at both Jaguar Cars and Volvo Cars. Harris has held leadership roles in Ford business operations and marketing, sales and service over more than 30 years. Prior to his current role, he served as president of Ford India Private; VP of Asia Pacific sales, services and distribution and GM of Changan Ford Sales. Harris will work closely with Armstrong through the transition, then advise Changan Ford and support the evolution of the Ford China 2.0 plan until his retirement.