Ford of Britain has appointed Andy Barratt as its new chairman and managing director, from July 1.
Barratt will succeed Mark Ovenden who has been appointed president and chief executive of Ford Sollers – the joint venture of Ford Motor Company and JSC Sollers, in Russia.
Barratt was appointed director of sales at Ford of Britain, in July 2011. Prior to this, he was director of Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD). Barratt was a district sales manager in Ford of Britain before his role as director FCSD and before that, had led the UK sales teams for five years in the Eastern and Northern districts.
Vice president of marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe, Roelant de Waard, said: "Barratt has a wealth of experience in the UK business that makes him well placed to manage Ford's biggest European market and to take on the chairman’s responsibilities, representing Ford on key issues such as the future of UK automotive manufacturing, skills, research and development, and the low-emissions agenda.”
Barratt’s replacement will be the subject of a separate announcement.