Ford Motor Company has elevated Kumar Galhotra to the rank of president of Lincoln automobiles as well as vice president of the Ford Motor Company.
Galhotra's new positions will take effect on September 1, 2014. The new Lincoln chief's responsibilities will include product development, marketing, and sales and service, reporting directly to Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO.
"Kumar has more than 25 years of global product and business experience, including leading engineering for all of our Lincoln vehicles today. Being our dedicated senior Lincoln leader will serve our clients, employees and dealers extremely well going forward,” said Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO.
Previously, Galhotra was vice president, Engineering, a position he assumed on Aug. 1, 2013. In this global role, Galhotra was responsible for the engineering of all cars, trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles for Ford and Lincoln brands.
Galhotra became vice president, Product Development for Asia Pacific and Africa in 2009. In that role, he led the team that developed Ford's aggressive plan to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to its Asia Pacific and Africa region by mid-decade. Galhotra was leading the team that introduced the Ford Focus to ASEAN in mid-2012.
Replacing Galhotra will be Jim Hollands who was the Chief Engineer for the 2010 Ford Explorer. Hollands will assume the position of Ford's Vice President in Vehicle Component and System Engineering.