Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr today congratulated Ford Australia president and chief executive officer, Marin Burela, on his promotion to head Ford’s Changan joint venture in China.
“Marin Burela has made a wonderful contribution not just to Ford, but to the broader Australian automotive industry,” Senator Carr said.
“The Australian automotive industry has emerged strongly through difficult financial times due in no small part to the commitment of the Australian Government and companies like Ford Australia to new technologies and opportunities.
“Mr Burela has not only successfully steered Ford through global difficulties; he has invested heavily in the future of Ford in Australia.
“By investing in new, green technologies, Ford, under Mr Burela’s leadership, has helped secure Australian jobs both now and for the future.”
During Burela’s tenure as head of Ford Australia, he has returned Ford Australia to profitability and overseen the securing of major investment initiatives, especially the $226 million Ford Sustainability Initiative — the diesel Ford Territory, liquid injection LPG Falcon and EcoBoost Falcon — and the $20 million upgrade to the Geelong Casting Plant.
“These investment initiatives are a remarkable achievement at a time when much of the rest of the automotive world has been in crisis mode,” said Senator Carr.
“The Australian Government regrets Mr Burela’s departure. He has worked closely with government on the transformation of Ford Australia. I am sure his replacement will ensure that the close partnership that has forged between Ford and the Australian Government stays strong.
“The Government and Ford Australia both remain squarely focused on creating investment and employment opportunities for Australia.
“Marin Burela joins a growing number of global automotive executives with an intimate knowledge of the Australian car industry and its exceptional capabilities. That is a very good thing for this country, and we wish him every success.”
Burela will be succeeded with effect from 1 November by Robert Graziano, who is currently president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor (China) Ltd, and vice president of Ford Motor Company