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Andy Barratt appointed new MD at Ford of Britain

Andy Barratt has been appointed chairman and managing director at Ford of Britain, from July 1, 2015.

Barratt was appointed director, Sales, Ford of Britain, in July 2011. Prior to this he was director, Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), Ford of Britain.

He 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.

Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe, said: "Andy 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."

Mark Ovenden, former managing director, has been appointed president and CEO, Ford Sollers, the joint venture of Ford Motor Company and JSC Sollers in Russia.

Ovenden returned to Britain as managing director in August 2011 and was appointed to the dual role as chairman and managing director in April 2013.  Before his August 2011 appointment he was managing director and president of Ford Russia, as part of a three-year assignment, which makes him ideal for his new role.

Jim Farley, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "I am delighted to welcome Mark back to Russia following a successful period improving sales and increasing the quality of our business in Britain.  He is well equipped to deal with the current difficult market conditions in this market as well as the tremendous potential it offers."

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  • Rich Pulin - 22/12/2016 23:30

    I am so pleased that Ford has such a 'well-oiled' machine in the UK, and that Mr. Barratt is a fabulous leader!

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  • Michael Ebbrell - 07/09/2017 07:31

    Just had one of my vehicles in Evans Halshaw it was in two weeks. the first 3days it stood on the lot when we finally got it back the had put some wires back incorrectly it had to go back in again over two weeks without this vehicle cost me a lot of money

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