Brentwood, England – Ford of Britain chairman Joe Greenwell has elected to retire effective end of April, 2013. Mark Ovenden, currently managing director, will add the chairman’s role to his responsibilities.
Chairman of Ford of Britain since 2009, Joe Greenwell was also president of the automotive industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in 2009 and 2010.
Greenwell's career in the motor industry spans over 40 years. He began his career as a graduate trainee with Austin Morris and held a variety of senior roles in Jaguar, Ford of Europe and Ford North America before becoming chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars and subsequently chairman of Ford of Britain.
Ford of Europe chairman and CEO Stephen Odell, said: “Joe has worked tirelessly to maintain Ford’s leading position in UK industry. He has been a respected and highly influential figure for many years enjoying close working relationships with the SMMT, the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and the government while representing Ford on key issues such as the future of automotive manufacturing in the UK, skills, research and development, and the low-carbon agenda.
“Mark Ovenden has considerable international automotive experience, which will equip him well in taking on these extra responsibilities. He is a great asset to Ford of Britain.”
Mark is a highly experienced Ford executive and has been in the managing director role for over 18 months. He was formerly president of Ford of Russia.