Ford senior product manager fired over misconduct

Apparently he was ‘acting inappropriately’, although exactly what that looked like remains to be seen.

Ford has fired its second high-profile senior employee over alleged misconduct this year, with reports confirming Prakash Patel, global director of program management and ex-lead project manager on the 50th Anniversary Mustang, has been let go.

According to a report in Automotive News quoting “a source with knowledge of the matter”, Patel was fired for “acting inappropriately”. Further details about what that actually looked like haven’t been revealed.

The firing has played out very similarly to that of Raj Nair, who was removed from his role as president of Ford North America for the equally-vague crime of behaviour “inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct” in February.

In an official statement, Nair said there were times he didn’t exhibit “leadership behaviours consistent with the principles that the company and I have always espoused”.

Patel has been with Ford since 2009. He was described as “the chef who seasons the Mustang recipe” in a Ford press release from 2014, which also said he had a chart laying out every major option and powertrain ever offered on his office wall.