Ford of Europe's boss, Lewis Booth has been appointed as Ford's chief financial officer
10 October 2008

Ford of Europe’s British boss, Lewis Booth, is to take over as Ford’s chief financial officer following the retirement of Don Leclair, effectively becoming the firm's global second-in-command. The move also makes Booth the most highly placed Brit in the global Ford organisation and he is being tasked with the difficult job of getting the company back on a firm financial footing after punishing losses in North America.

Booth wouldn't be drawn on exactly what measures he is planning to put into place, but admitted to Autocar that it was going to be a tough job in the current climate.

Booth was chosen for the job becuase of his success at turning round Ford of Europe and Mazda; he is also known for his product knowledge and his financial ability. An insider said: "Given the state we're in, Lewis is the right man to sort it out."

“We are turning to Lewis to apply his extensive operational and financial experience to work even closer with our operating teams around the world,” said Ford boss Alan Mullaly, “as we accelerate the transition to our One Ford vision and, in the process, transforming Ford into a lean global enterprise and returning the company to sustainable profitability.”

Booth's new role also means that the current CEO of Ford of Europe and fellow Brit, John Fleming, succeeds him. This means that Fleming now also has overall responsibility of Volvo.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?