Ford Motor Company announces the appointment of Kalyana Sivagnanam to the newly-created position of Vice President, Marketing Sales and Service, Middle East & Africa for Ford and Lincoln.
Designed to replicate the success of Ford’s regional structures, Shivi, as he likes to be addressed, will be based in Dubai and will lead the Sales, Marketing and Customer Service operations for Ford and Lincoln throughout Middle East and Africa.
“I’m delighted to have someone with Shivi’s strategic knowledge and global experience to lead marketing, sales and service for Ford and Lincoln in the Middle East and Africa,” said Jim Benintende, President, Ford Middle East & Africa “Shivi and the team will continue to bring more vehicles to MEA that customers want and value, while providing outstanding service.”
Shivi moved to Dubai two years ago to help the company open its Middle East & Africa regional headquarters in Dubai. He will continue to report to Benintende, and brings more than 11 years at Ford to the role. Prior to joining the Company, he held various roles including General Manager, Marketing Manager, Regional Manager, and Retail Strategy Manager in the automotive components, consumer electronics and the television industry.
In his new position, Shivi will concentrate on meeting customers’ demand while remaining focused on delivering the experience in sales and after sales that the region demands.