Former president and COO of Ford dies image

Nick Scheele, a renowned automotive executive and negotiator who was also president and COO of Ford Motor lost his life at age 70. The British-born spent four decades at the US automaker.

Scheele became chairman and CEO of Ford’s Jaguar Cars division in between 1992 and 1999. He moved to become chairman of Ford of Europe from January 2000 through July 2001 and he tipped his career as the automaker’s president and COO between 2001 and 2005. There, under then CEO Bill Ford, he helped steer the automaker through tough times, when Ford was loosing internal market share.

“Not only did Nick help us overcome many challenges at the time, he mended relationships with our dealers, our suppliers and our employees, and set the stage for many of today’s leaders who are moving us forward,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. “Nick Scheele was an outstanding leader whose global experience and passion for our products served Ford Motor Company at a critical time.”

Born on January 3, 1944, Nick Scheele entered the US company back in 1966, fresh out of college. He spent the first years in senior purchasing positions through the British and European operations before jumping across the ocean to the US in 1978. His first senior position was president of Ford of Mexico, starting with 1988. After he retired in 2005 he became the chancellor at the University of Warwick, a top engineering school in the UK.

Via Automotive News Europe