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Biography of Lewis Booth, Ford Motor Company

Lewis Booth is president, Asia Pacific and Africa Operations for Ford Motor Company as of January 1, 2000. In this role, he has operational responsibility for South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India and for developing Ford's strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to this appointment, Booth was Group Managing Director of the South Africa Motor Corporation (SAMCOR), a position he held since July 1997. At that time, Ford had a 45% equity in SAMCOR, which assembled Ford and Mazda vehicles in South Africa. Subsequently, the SAMCOR joint venture was dissolved and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa was established.

Booth joined Ford in 1978 as a financial analysis coordinator with Product Development, Ford of Europe. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Booth held a series of management positions in Ford of Europe in Britain and in Germany in Finance Staff, Truck Operations, Product Development, Manufacturing, and Sales.

In 1992, he moved to the United States where he worked for Finance Staff in Dearborn. From 1993 to 1996, Booth held a variety of positions in Car Product Development, Body & Assembly, Vehicle Operations and the Manufacturing Business Office for Ford Automotive Operations before accepting the position of Group Managing Director at SAMCOR in South Africa.

Born in Liverpool, England on November 7, 1948, Booth earned a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, with honors, in 1970 from Liverpool University in Britain and subsequently qualified as a chartered management accountant.


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