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RSS Former Ford president, Jaguar chairman Nick Scheele dead at 70


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NScheele.jpgWe have the privilege here at Autoblog of reporting a lot of good news, but it is our duty as well to report the bad news and sad news as well. And this is one of those occasions as the automotive industry mourns the passing of one of its leaders.

Nick Scheele was born in the UK in 1944 and joined the Ford Motor Company upon graduating from the University of Durham in 1966, staying within the Blue Oval's portfolio for the entirety of his career. After moving to North America in 1978, he rose through the ranks to become president of Ford's Mexican operations in 1988. After acquiring Jaguar, Ford appointed Scheele as its chairman.

Scheele subsequently acted as chairman of all of Ford's European operations, making difficult decisions to take the division out of the red and into the black. He briefly headed up Ford's North American division before he was appointed in 2001 as president and chief operating officer of the global automaker, working under CEO Bill Ford following the departure of Jacques Nasser departure and retaining the role until his retirement in 2005.

Throughout his career and into retirement, Scheele was an active member of his community, serving as chancellor of the University of Warwick, chairing campaigns for the United Way of Southeastern Michigan and promoting the activities of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. His role in saving Jaguar and service to the British automotive industry earned him a knighthood in 2001. Sir Nicholas is survived by his wife Ros, children Paul, Hannah and Jim and five grandchildren, to whom we extend our condolences.

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