Adil Shirinov Appointed President and CEO of Ford Sollers
Ford Motor Company announced Adil Shirinov as the new President and CEO of Ford Sollers, the automaker’s Russian joint venture. Shirinov, whose career with Ford Sollers began in 1999, replaces previous President and CEO Mark Ovenden. Ovenden has been named Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Service for Ford’s Asia Pacific operations.
“I am looking forward to working with Adil in his new role as the CEO of Ford Sollers,” said Steve Armstrong, Group Vice President and President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “Adil has been with the JV since its formation and his leadership role in adapting the Ford business to the local needs and regulations has been crucial. He is a well-known and much respected figure in the Russian automotive industry, and his expertise will enable the Ford Sollers business to strengthen further its position and to achieve its full potential.”
“Ford Sollers has accomplished all of its key projects under Adil Shirinov’s successful work as the COO,” added Vadim Shvetsov, CEO of SOLLERS OJSC. “Thanks to his efforts and expertise, Ford Sollers now has a full-range of localized products in Russia and also is fully compliant with the D166. Adil is the perfect fit for the current business, and I would like to congratulate him on his appointment, which is not only important for our companies, but for the Russian auto industry as a whole.”
As COO of Ford Sollers, Shirinov was crucial in the startup of two manufacturing facilities in Tatarstan, upgrading the St. Petersburg plant, and launching eight new vehicles for the country. Prior to coming on with Ford Sollers in 2011, Shirinov was deputy general director and commercial director of SOLLERS. His career with Ford goes as far back as 1999, when he became Ford’s first employee for its manufacturing operations in Vsevolozhsk.