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Ford has hired a new head of its Lincoln division. Ford announced the move this week.

Kumar Galhotra, the automaker's current vice president of Engineering, will take the reigns of Lincoln on September 1st.

Mark Fields said:

"Now is the right time for the next chapter in accelerating Lincoln as a world-class luxury brand. 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.
Jim Farley had been leading the Lincoln brand since 2012, but he will now revert to his role as executive vice president of marketing-sales and service.
 

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Farely was never really in charge, he was simply lending an extra hand that he didn't really have. I like Galhotra for the simple reason that he's a product guy and product guys ALWAYS push for the best possible product because after all product leads brand not the other way around.

More importantly Galhotra put in a several year stint heading up Ford Asia Pacific, now he's running the show just in time for the Asian invasion. Good move.

P.S Reins, not Reigns ;)
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Farely was never really in charge, he was simply lending an extra hand that he didn't really have. I like Galhotra for the simple reason that he's a product guy and product guys ALWAYS push for the best possible product because after all product leads brand not the other way around.

More importantly Galhotra put in a several year stint heading up Ford Asia Pacific, now he's running the show just in time for the Asian invasion. Good move.

P.S Reins, not Reigns ;)
/pedantic (I know)
Thanks for the background on this guy. I'm glad that he is a product guy. That should spell good things for Lincoln. I wonder what he has planned for Lincoln.
 

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From the Ford website:

Kumar Galhotra is Ford Motor Company vice president and president, Lincoln, effective Sept. 1, 2014. In this new dedicated position, Galhotra will be responsible for accelerating Lincoln even further as a world-class luxury brand.

Reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, Galhotra becomes the most senior leader overseeing all Lincoln operations globally, including product development; marketing, sales and service; and all team members supporting the Lincoln brand.

As the dedicated global Lincoln leader, Galhotra will build on the brand’s recent product and sales momentum – including its recent expansion into China. He will oversee the development of the next generation of Lincoln vehicles as well as connect them with a new generation of Lincoln clients. His focus is to build on the appeal of Lincoln not only through its distinctive vehicles but also a world-class, luxury ownership experience.

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.
 

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I hope he can bring Mark Reuss levels of product dedication to the table, I'll even settle for Ralph Gilles levels ;)
 

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That makes sense considering the growth of the Chinese market. I don't think that'll be a bad thing at all. Just more cars that can be converted to long wheel base. I am curious as to how much influence the person at the top has over the products, especially when they first come in, because Lincoln must already have a few vehicles pretty far through development.
 

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I think the person at the top has a lot of power over products but they still have people to verify it, if it's viable and all that's needed. @Truthiness
 

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I think the person at the top has a lot of power over products but they still have people to verify it, if it's viable and all that's needed. @Truthiness
I agree with this, but I am wondering specifically about when a new leader takes over. Lincoln must already have products in development. How much influence can he have over those vehicles, and when will we see the first Lincoln vehicle that was developed entirely under the new leadership?
 
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