Profiles of Key Personnel

Nigel Harris - Managing Director and President, Ford India

Nigel Harris

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

In his role, Harris is responsible for managing and growing the integrated manufacturing operation of Ford India.

He also leads the charge for product programs to serve both customers in India as well as the growing export business. As Managing Director and President of Ford India, Nigel oversees the successful implementation of Ford’s expansion plans, through its operations in Chennai and the recently inaugurated integrated facility in Sanand, Gujarat.

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

Harris had 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. This has continued through his current role overseeing sales distribution and service for Asia Pacific, which includes India.

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

Anurag Mehrotra - Executive Director of Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford India

Anurag Mehrotra is the executive director of Marketing, Sales & Service at Ford India. He reports to Nigel Harris, president and managing director, Ford India. Anurag leads the responsibility for all aspects of MS&S operations of Ford India including revenue, sales volume, market share, marketing strategy & launches as well as dealer development, after sales service and overall customer satisfaction.

Anurag previously served as vice president, Sales at Ford India and was responsible for looking after Ford’s growing sales network in India. Earlier, he also served as the vice president Marketing at the company and was instrumental in designing and implementing successful marketing campaigns for Ford’s product range in India.

Before joining Ford India, Anurag was vice president – Corporate Marketing at WNS Global Services, a leading business process outsourcing company, where he was responsible for lead generation and brand building in North America and Europe.

Before WNS, he worked as vice president with Accenture India where he was responsible for marketing and communication for Accenture's delivery centers for Technology and the India consulting business.

Anurag has a degree in Electronics Engineering and a diploma in marketing management.

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.