Ford Canada president visits local dealership

 

Dianne Craig (right), president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, chats with dealer principals Lisa Jones and Michelle Ropac during her visit to Joe Meloche Ford last Wednesday afternoon.

Dianne Craig (right), president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, chats with dealer principals Lisa Jones and Michelle Ropac during her visit to Joe Meloche Ford last Wednesday afternoon.

Dianne Craig, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, poses with staff at Joe Meloche Ford during her visit to the Amherstburg dealership last Wednesday afternoon.

Dianne Craig, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, poses with staff at Joe Meloche Ford during her visit to the Amherstburg dealership last Wednesday afternoon.

By Ron Giofu

 

Staff at Joe Meloche Ford got a chance to meet the boss last week as the president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada paid the dealership a visit.

Dianne Craig made a brief stop at the local Ford dealership en route to Dearborn, Michigan for the auto company’s global leadership meeting. Craig said she was fulfilling a promise she made to dealer principals Joe and Shirley Meloche when she met them at a recent President’s Award celebration.

Craig noted that, much like the parent company itself, Joe Meloche Ford is also a family business.

“It’s in the third generation,” said Craig. “How great is that?”

Craig, who stated she has spent 28 years working for Ford, added she tries to visit dealerships as much as she can to thank them “for the work that they do.” She believed that is one of the more important aspects of her job.

“It’s a real treat to be here. You are the face of Ford in the community,” she told workers as they gathered in the showroom. “I’m very grateful for what you do to make our community so special.”

Satisfaction and sales scores are “off the charts,” Craig told the staff.

Ford Motor Company was described as “healthy” by its Canadian division president with Craig adding they invested in their products to bounce back from tough times in previous years. She said they lost $13 billion in 2006 but have since rebounded and paid back all government loans.

“Our company is in a great place,” said Craig. “We’re really proud of our marketplace here in Canada.”

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