Profiles of Key Personnel

Nigel Harris - President, Ford India

Nigel Harris

Nigel Harris has been appointed President of Ford India, effective February 1, 2014. Harris reports directly to David Schoch, Group Vice President and President, Asia Pacific, Ford Motor Company.

Harris previously served as Vice President Sales & Service, Ford Asia Pacific.

Harris began his Ford career in 1985 in New Zealand, as a fleet sales analyst. He has held various positions globally in Ford across Europe, Africa and the Asia Pacific.

Harris has been associated with India operations for long, when he served as the brand development manager for global B cars during Ford’s entry into the Indian market almost 15 years ago. This has continued through his current role overseeing sales distribution and service for Asia Pacific, which includes India.

In his new role, Harris will be responsible for managing and growing the integrated manufacturing operation of Ford India. He also will lead the charge for product programs to serve both customers in India as well as the growing export business, and he will oversee the successful implementation of Ford’s expansion plans in India, through its operations in Chennai and its second upcoming integrated facility in Sanand, Gujarat.

Harris will be based at Ford’s India corporate office in Gurgaon.

VINAY PIPARSANIA - Executive Director, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford India

Vinay Piparsania has been appointed executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford India, effective September 1, 2012. In this strategic role, Piparsania will spearhead Ford India's Marketing, Sales and Customer Service Operations supporting Ford India's growth through capacity expansion and a major shift into the high volume segment as the Blue Oval prepares to launch eight new models in India by mid-decade to drive sales growth and increase its distribution footprint.

Piparsania reports to Nigel Harris - President, Ford India.

Piparsania joined Ford India in 1996, a year after the company was established in India, as general manager, Sales, and played a key role in establishing the Ford dealer network across the country. In his subsequent roles as vice president of External Affairs, Marketing, Sales and Service, Piparsania managed Ford's brand image in India through several product launches such as Ford Fusion, Fiesta SXi and the Endeavour while leading its public affairs and initiatives in corporate citizenship.

Prior to his current appointment, he was vice president, Marketing and Sales, Ford Group Philippines where he was responsible for overseeing the launch readiness and dealer development activities for the introduction of the all-new Ford Ranger, the all-new Ford Focus and the Ford Mustang and building a robust dealership network.

His other assignments included director, Planning, Distribution and Fleet, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, based in Bangkok, where he led sales, production and distribution planning, supporting 12 APA markets in achieving budgeted sales, production volumes and new product launch objectives.

Piparsania holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and an MBA from Tulane University in the US.

VAIRAMANI PANDIYAN - Vice President, Human Resources, Ford India

Vairamani Pandiyan is Vice President, Human Resources at Ford India. He took this position in January, 2008. Pandiyan reports to Nigel Harris - President, Ford India.

As Vice President Human Resources, Pandiyan is responsible for the human resources practice across Ford organizations in India, including, Ford India [FIPL], the automobile manufacturing business, Ford Business Service Centre [FBSC] - a business process center for Ford's global operations and Ford Information Technology Services [FITS] - the hub for the company's IT and engineering initiatives in India and the Asia Pacific region.

Pandiyan also serves as a member of the Board of the FBSC. He represents Ford in India in the HR Council of the Conference Board, and Confederation of Indian Industry, South task force on skill development and employment generation.

Pandiyan has over two and half decades of HR experience, having worked in a diverse set of industries – steel, chemicals, consumer goods, automobile and HR services. He joined Ford in September 2006. In his HR career, he has worked through the entire spectrum of HR functions, such as labour relations, management development, talent acquisition, compensation and HR information systems. As a keen HR professional, he has addressed many professional gatherings and written popular articles.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Human Resources Management having specialized in Organisational Behaviour.