The chairman for Ford of Europe has been named president of the Changan Ford joint venture in China following the retirement of the venture’s current president.
Steven Armstrong will succeed Nigel Harris, who has elected to retire from Ford at the end of 2019 after 34 years of service with the company, according to the automaker. Armstrong will fill the new role effective Oct. 1. He will report to Ford China President and CEO Anning Chen.
Armstrong has previously served as president and chairman of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa; president of Ford South America; chief operating officer of Getrag-Ford Transmissions; and in senior leadership positions at both Jaguar Cars and Volvo Cars, Ford said in a release.
Regarding Harris, he has held leadership roles in Ford business operations and marketing, sales and service fpr more than 30 years. Prior to his current role, he served as president of Ford India Private Limited; vice president of Asia Pacific Sales, Services and Distribution; and general manager of Changan Ford Sales Company.
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.