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Ford MD to take on chairman role

Greenwell has been chairman of Ford since 2009. In his 40-year career in the motor industry he has 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. In recognition of his services to the automotive industry he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list in 2011.

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 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.’

He added: ‘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.’

Ovenden was formerly president of Ford of Russia and has been in the managing director role for over 18 months. 

Ovenden said: ‘I am looking forward to the challenges ahead to ensure Ford maintains its leading position in the UK automotive industry. It has been a great pleasure to work closely with Joe over the last 18 months and it is an honour to take on the role of chairman. I wish Joe every success in his future endeavours.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.