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 Ford India Gives Michael Boneham a Memorable Farewell after 27 Years with Ford

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NEW DELHI, India — After five years as head of Ford India, and a 27-year career at Ford, Michael Boneham is heading into a new chapter in his life.

Boneham, who steps down as president and managing director of Ford India today, enjoyed an emotional farewell with the team in New Delhi with some drinks and dinner on the lawns of the City Club Gurgaon in the Indian capital.

Executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service Vinay Piparsania welcomed all at the party and recounted how during his long career he has been inspired by Boneham’s leadership and charisma.
“We thank you for your great contribution and dedication to Ford India, which has made the company stand where it is today and poised to carry on this great momentum of growth,” said Vinay Piparsania, executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford India, during his opening remarks. “By saying goodbye, we mean bye till we meet again.”
A video, capturing photos, press cuttings and even cartoons of Boneham, was played on a large screen, chronicling  his time at Ford India — from him working on the shop floor, attending product launches and auto shows, and participating in several Global Week of Caring events.
Sandeep Sanyal, executive director, Operations, recounted  Boneham’s friendly nature the very first time they met.
“There will not be many managers like that. We’ve faced many hurdles together, worked around many tough situations…but he always instilled a sense of hope by saying that ‘think of it as a great legacy we’re building at Ford India’,” Sanyal said.
While N Raja, vice president, Sales, lightheartedly remembered his Monday Blues as ‘Mike Blues’ – pointing out that despite his sternness to get work done, Boneham was always professional and polite, Anurag Mehrotra, vice president, Marketing, pointed out that Boneham had led the successful story of the game-changing Figo.
“In that sense, he is always a game-changer. We will always miss you Mike!”
An overwhelmed Boneham thanked everyone for their best wishes.
“It was an amazing journey, challenging at times, but memorable all the time….you don’t give away five and half years of your life for nothing,” he said. “When I come back in a few years…I’d like to see Ford India carry forward this great momentum of growth and be producing 400,000 vehicles a year,” he said.
A farewell was also held  in Chennai, giving employees from the Maraimalai Nagar plant and Global Business Services the opportunity to say goodbye to Boneham and welcome his successor Joginder Singh along with Dave Dubensky, the new executive director of GBS.
Tom Chackalackal, executive director, Manufacturing, recalled how Boneham’s advice to join a training programme in South Africa had helped him in his career and helped to transform the Maraimalai Nagar plant as a centre of excellence in manufacturing.
”From 30,000 to 200,000 cars, from 13 jobs per hour to 34 jobs per hour, from 0 to 340,000 engines…40 percent of which are exported. We cannot ever forget what he has done for this plant, Chackalackal said.
Singh, who recounted that Boneham had expressed being a lifeguard at Bondi beach in Australia as his alternative career at a leadership workshop, wished that Boneham may realise his dream and thanked him for all his support.
“I personally thank you for where you’ve brought Ford India today and building this great team. We will definitely steer Ford India to greater heights and make you proud in the days ahead,” he said.
 
Ford India’s president and managing director Michael Boneham interacts with colleagues at the farewell ceremony
Michael Boneham, outgoing president and managing director, Ford India, unveils a memento—a Ganesh statue at the Delhi farewell event
   
Colleagues share their experience of working with Michael Boneham
Michael Boneham and Joginder Singh toast the evening to mark Boneham’s farewell
   
Michael Boneham receives a memento from the Ford India team in Chennai
 
   

  

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11/30/2012 3:00 AM