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Trevor Collett | Jul, 21 2014 | 0 Comments

Former Ford President and Chief Operating Officer Nick Scheele has died at the age of 70.

British-born Scheele served in a variety of positions for the Blue Oval around the world, including a stint as CEO of Jaguar from 1992 until 1999.

Scheele was then installed as Chairman of Ford Europe during 2000 and 2001, before serving out his time with Ford as COO until 2005.

He started his career with Ford 1966, and began his move into the ‘big time’ as President of Ford Mexico in 1988.

Scheele is sometimes credited as the man who saved Jaguar; making the Big Cat profitable which no-one thought was possible. Queen Elizabeth II certainly thought so, awarding Scheele a knighthood.

“Not only did Nick help us overcome many challenges at the time, he mended relationships with our dealers, our suppliers and our employees, and set the stage for many of today’s leaders who are moving us forward," Executive Chairman Bill Ford said.

“Nick Scheele was an outstanding leader whose global experience and passion for our products served Ford Motor Company at a critical time."

Scheele previously worked under then-CEO Bill Ford, who put him in charge of Ford’s plan to turn the business around at a time when the carmaker saw falling profits and market share.

In fact Scheele spent much of his career as the go-to man for problem-solving, including Ford’s infamous Firestone tyre incident.

A low point in Scheele’s career was the closure of the Dagenham plant in England in 2000, situated in Scheele’s home county of Essex.

Scheele retired from Ford in February 2005, before serving as chancellor at the University of Warwick in England.

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