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Statement from Ford Australia Re Passing of Geoff Polites

April 21st, 2008


The untimely passing of Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover and former Ford Australia President Geoff Polites over the weekend has robbed his family, friends and colleagues of a dedicated, focused and determined man who was an inspiration to everyone he met.

Geoff was home in Australia for the birth of his first grandchild and unfortunately became critically ill while here. He passed away with his wife and family by his side.

Despite battling ill health for the past two years, Geoff never lost sight of his goal to return Jaguar Land Rover to profitability. He exhibited similar strength of leadership and determination during his time as President of Ford Australia – qualities which resulted in the successful introduction of the BA Falcon in 2002 and the Ford Territory in 2004.

Despite having moved onto other roles within Ford Motor Company, Geoff continued to believe passionately in the products and the team at Ford Australia. His energy, enthusiasm and support for our business will be sorely missed.

For those who knew him well, he will be missed as a great friend, keen Swans supporter and dedicated family man. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

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