Ford kicks out top executive over ‘inappropriate behavior’

Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Updated 22 February 2018
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Ford kicks out top executive over ‘inappropriate behavior’

DETROIT: Ford Motor Co. has ousted one of its top executives over allegations of inappropriate behavior.
North America President Raj Nair is leaving the company effective immediately, Ford said in a statement. His replacement has not yet been named.
Ford didn’t say what behavior led to Nair’s departure. Ford investigated after a recent anonymous complaint about Nair was made to the company’s 24-hour hotline.
“We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett. “Ford is deeply committed to providing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values.”
Nair expressed regret in a statement distributed by Ford.
“There have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the company and I have always espoused,” Nair said.
Nair had served as an executive vice president and head of North America since June 1, 2017. Before that, he was Ford’s head of global product development and chief technical officer.
Nair joined Ford in 1987 as a mechanical engineer. He held numerous leadership positions in Europe, Asia and South America. Prior to being named head of global product development, Nair oversaw engineering for all Ford and Lincoln vehicles.


Russia accuses US of planning to arm the opposition in Venezuela

Maria Zakharova. (Supplied)
Updated 41 min 47 sec ago
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Russia accuses US of planning to arm the opposition in Venezuela

  • A senior US administration official called the assertion a “senseless accusation” distributed by Russia as “propaganda”

MOSCOW: Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday accused the United States and its NATO allies of discussing how to arm the opposition in Venezuela and alleged Washington was deploying special forces and equipment near the South American nation.
Moscow said it had information to back its assertion but did not reveal it or say what it was.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said a US humanitarian aid convoy for Venezuela could provoke clashes and create a pretext for removing President Nicolas Maduro, a staunch Russian ally, by force.
A senior US administration official called the assertion a “senseless accusation” distributed by Russia as “propaganda.”
“There’s no truth to that,” the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.