Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has confirmed that Kumar Galhotra, one of its top engineers, will head its luxury brand Lincoln. Galhotra, the current head of vehicle component and systems engineering, will serve as vice president and president of Lincoln from September 1, 2014. His old job will go to Jim Holland.
Lincoln is currently headed by Jim Farley, who is also serving as vice president for Ford. The latest move means that Lincoln will finally have a dedicated boss, which should help it accelerate its turnaround plan and expansion into China. Galhotra will oversee all Lincoln operations globally, including product development, marketing, sales and service, and will report to Ford CEO Mark Fields
In the coming years, Galhotra will oversee the launch of several new Lincoln models including the next-generation MKX
and a replacement for the MKS
. His focus will be to build on the appeal of Lincoln not only through its vehicles but also through a more personal ownership experience, known as The Lincoln Way
“Now is the right time for the next chapter in accelerating Lincoln as a world-class luxury brand,” Mark Fields said in a statement. “Kumar has more than 25 years of global product and business experience, including leading engineering for all of our Lincoln vehicles today.”
Ford has also confirmed that its chief technical officer and vice president of R&D Paul Mascarenas will be stepping down on October 1 after 32 years of service. Filling the position will be Dr. Ken Washington, who will report to Ford product development boss Raj Nair. Washington comes to Ford from a senior position at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company.