Prakash Patel was the global director of program management.
A second Ford executive is out of work over alleged inappropriate behavior. Automotive News reports that Prakash Patel, who was Ford’s global director of program management, is no longer employed with the Blue Oval. Details of what happened are unknown, but AN cites an unnamed source that alleges Patel was let go for acting inappropriately. This would suggest the separation wasn’t voluntary on Patel’s part. Ford’s official word according to the report is that Patel simply is no longer with the company.
This marks the second high-profile executive departure from Ford this year over allegations of inappropriate behavior. In February Raj Nair was given the boot as Ford’s North American president, with Ford CEO Jim Hackett saying the decision came “after a thorough review and careful consideration.” Nair followed that up by releasing his own statement in which he admitted to “instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the company and I have always espoused.”
Patel hasn’t released any statements thus far regarding his exit, nor has Ford followed up with further details. Prior to becoming the company’s program management director, Patel was a strategy manager for the Lincoln brand. He was also the Ford Mustang program manager and lead product planner for the 50th-anniversary car in 2014.
Patel was a rather recent addition to Ford, having joined the company in 2009. In this case, we say recent because the time is quite short compared to Nair’s tenure in Dearborn, which spanned over 30 years. Nair is also still connected to Ford in a roundabout way, having accepted a leadership position with Multimatic – a company long affiliated with the Blue Oval and the entity tasked with building the Ford GT supercar. It's unknown if Patel will seek to make a similar move.
Whether we’ll see clarification on the action taken here in the coming days is a mystery. Based on the matter and sensitivity of such situations we doubt anything further will come from Ford.
Source: Automotive News