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Another Ford Exec Leaves Due to Inappropriate Behavior

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It seems that yet another Ford executive is leaving because of "inappropriate behavior." Automotive Newsreports an anonymous source that Prakash Patel, the now former global director of product management at Ford, was let go because of the aforementioned behavior. According to Patel's LinkedIn page, he worked at Ford at least since 2009, and from 2009 to 2015 he was the manager for the Ford Mustang program and was instrumental in the planning and development of the redesigned 2015 Mustang.

We have reached out to Ford to confirm Patel's departure and reason for it. We haven't received a response yet, but will update when we do have an answer. Both Automotive News and CNBC note that Ford representatives did confirm his departure, though there was no mention of the circumstances surrounding it.

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/08/07/ford-executive-inappropriate-behavior/

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About 20 some years ago, while I was still working at R&E, a VP was "let go" for "inappropriate behavior". These was HUGE news back then ! After criticizing a women for basically putting her family before Ford in a meeting attended by many other, she filed a complaint with HR. It was backed up by others in the meeting. The head of HR actually called Bill Ford and asked what to do. "Fire him !"

 

He was called into HR and told of his dismissal and had his ID card taken away. A guard was posted at the door of his office the next day and he was not allowed to enter. This story went through the administrative assistant (secretary) grapevine like wildfire !

 

The press release was the now infamous "has left the company to pursue other interests" !

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The press release was the now infamous "has left the company to pursue other interests" !

 

I worked in Public Relations for a non-automotive company during the early 1990s, and witnessed the preparation of those press releases.

 

No high-level executive ever voluntarily leaves to "pursue other interests" or "spend more time with his/her family."

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