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Ford's Head of North America Leaves Amid Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior

Raj Nair speaks onstage during Tech Crunch Disrupt NY 2017 at Pier 36 Raj Nair speaks onstage during Tech Crunch Disrupt NY 2017 at Pier 36
Nellie Chapman | 22 February, 2018, 06:32

A top Ford Motor Company executive was sacked on Wednesday after an internal investigation found his behavior was "inconsistent with the company's code of conduct".

"We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration", said Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett in a statement.

The company does say that it is committed to having a safe and respectful culture and expects its leaders to uphold those values.

The company did not elaborate but a statement by the auto giant said "the review determined certain behaviour by Nair was inconsistent with the company's code of conduct". Previously, he served as the head of global product development and as chief technical officer.

He added: "I continue to have the utmost faith in the people of Ford Motor Company and wish them continued success in the future".

The ouster comes at a time when many business leaders and politicians have been fired or quit over accusations of sexual harassment which have also singed the entertainment industry.

Nair joined the Detroit-based auto company in 1987 as a launch engineer.

A Ford spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that the investigation against the senior Indian-American executive was triggered by an anonymous tip received in recent weeks.

Hackett recently tackled allegations of employee misconduct at the company's Chicago Assembly Plant and nearby Chicago Stamping Plant.

The inquiry was conducted by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which said female and African-American employees had been subjected to sexual and racial harassment and found the carmaker retaliated against employees who complained about the harassment or discrimination.

Raj Nair. Former president of Ford North America operations.

Nair was appointed to his current position last May when Hackett became CEO. The stock is down nearly 17% year-to-date, lagging the broader markets and its industry peers.