Ford of CA Prez Quits After Six Months

Samir Syed
by Samir Syed
ford of ca prez quits after six months

As Reuters notes, 90 percent of the vehicles Ford builds in Canada end-up in the U.S. So, despite the fact that the Ford F-series is still the best-selling vehicle north of the border, Ford Canada is suffering. All of which leads to the suprise (really?) resignation of Barry Engle, Ford of Canada's president. Though Engle has served for several years for Ford and Chrysler, working in several capacities around the globe, he decided to exit the auto industry just six months after assuming FoMoCo Canada's top job. Engle's new job will be in his native Pennsylvania, working for an agricultural equipment company; IMHO he's using "family time" as a smokescreen. Time for a Lilly Pulitzer: did he fall or was he pushed? And why?

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  • John Horner John Horner on Aug 20, 2008

    "The Focus used to be the go-to car for a lot of people, and the wagon sold very well..." I sure hope that for the next "world" generation of the Focus Ford gives North America a full line up again. A vehicle like the Focus wagon is perfect for a lot of users. " ... with the loss of the Freestar and the prohibitively expensive Freestyle/Taurus/Flex" Ford's abandonment of the minivan segment for not one, but three big pseudo-SUVs is turning out to be a stupid move. Sliding rear doors are very, very useful and minivan buyers are practical people, not slaves to style. Every family with children I know of still has at least one minivan in the fleet. They are so much more useful than any of the SUVs it isn't funny. How can Ford afford to build the Flex, Taurus-X and Edge while at the same time ignoring the minivan? Why on earth has Volvo avoided the minivan segment all these years? They could be selling out of $40k minivans to upscale families if only they built the Volvo of Minivans.

  • HarveyBirdman HarveyBirdman on Aug 20, 2008

    I thought it interesting that Engle was going to work for New Holland, because I thought that company was owned by Ford. Doing a bit more research, I discovered that it was indeed once owned by Ford, but was then sold to Fiat (which also owns Case; I wonder if the tractor-brand devotees know about this?). So in a way, Engle is still working for automakers, just not directly. The ag equipment industry and the auto industry are not entirely dissimilar, with Asian upstarts undercutting established brands on price, though the reliability isn't quite there yet, especially for the Chinese brands. Sound familiar?

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Aug 20, 2008

    When companies are going into a tail spin, it's not good for one's career to be away from the home office politics. Competence is likely less important right now than making the correct political moves at Ford. Also, being outside the HQ means that you have to constantly react to every idiotic initiative that comes down the pike or risk ruining your chances to stay on board.

  • Phargophil Phargophil on Aug 20, 2008

    I happen to work for Case-New Holland. Engle will not be the first Ford cast off that we have. Our director of corporate purchasing has completely reorganized that function. Now, function it does not. HarveyBirdman quote: "Doing a bit more research, I discovered that it was indeed once owned by Ford, but was then sold to Fiat (which also owns Case; I wonder if the tractor-brand devotees know about this?)." The ties to Italian ownership has not hurt our sales. I had the same concerns when the ownership changed. What it has done is reduce our organizational efficiency. If Fiat recruits executives with their same methods and mindsets, we will continue to lose efficiency.