UAE. Ford Motor Company announced the appointment of Jim Benintende to the newly-created position of president, Ford Middle East and Africa.
Effective Sept. 1, Benintende will lead Ford’s new, consolidated Middle East and Africa regional business unit headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and report to Stephen Odell, executive vice president and president, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“We’re fortunate to have a leader with Jim’s track record and global experience to lead Ford in the Middle East and Africa,” Odell said. “Under the One Ford plan, Jim and his team will be able to leverage our global product portfolio and our scale to better serve customers in this dynamic and growing region.”
Reporting to Benintende will be Jeffrey Nemeth, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company Southern Africa, who also will take on responsibility for markets in sub-Saharan Africa, and Kalyana Sivagnanam, general manager, Ford Middle East and North Africa.
Benintende, 58, has significant experience in the Middle East and Africa region, most recently as director, Ford Export Operations and Global Growth Initiatives, an organization that had responsibility for several Middle Eastern and African markets. He also was previously managing director of Ford Middle East and North Africa.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this new challenge, and to be working with Jeffrey and Kalyana who are both seasoned professionals in this part of the world,” Benintende said. “Our intention is to grow the Ford business while staying true to our principles of being active and supportive members of the community in the Middle East and Africa.”
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.
For more information about Ford and its products worldwide please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Ford’s history in the Middle East goes back more than 60 years. The company’s local importer-dealers operate more than 155 facilities in the region and directly employ more than 7,000 people, the majority of whom are Arab Nationals. For more information on Ford Middle East, please visit www.me.ford.com
Ford Middle East is also a responsible corporate citizen with currently three CSR initiatives running in the region including the Ford Motor Company Conservation & Environmental Grants, Ford Warriors in Pink® breast cancer awareness campaign and Ford Driving Skills for Life safe driving awareness programme for young drivers and teens.
The Ford Grants is a grass-root level initiative that has offered US$1.3million in grants to more than 150 Middle Eastern environmental projects since 2000. Ford Warriors in Pink® is a breast cancer community-based awareness initiative recognising the strength and courage it takes to deal with the everyday challenges of battling breast cancer throughout the year. Ford Driving Skills for Life is a free programme designed to impart safe driving practices to students to help improve their road safety record.