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Lyle Watters

Lyle Watters is a vice president, Ford Motor Company and president Ford South America, effective August 1, 2016. In this position, he is responsible for all Ford operations in South America.

Watters previously was chief financial officer and vice president, Finance & Strategic Planning for Ford of Europe. He also has been a member of the Ford Otosan board of directors since March 2012 and the Ford Sollers board of directors since April 2012.  

Prior to his service in Europe, he was chief financial officer, Ford South America, a position he assumed in October 2008. Between October 2005 and September 2008, Watters served as director of Business Strategy at Ford of Europe, responsible for business development and strategic planning.

Watters joined Ford of Britain in 1987 in finance and held various positions in Europe and North America, both in the automotive and financial services divisions. Returning from North America in 1998, he was appointed treasurer, Ford of Europe, and in 2000 appointed finance controller for Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, which included Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin Lagonda and Volvo Cars. In 2003, he was appointed finance controller for Global Marketing and Sales at Jaguar Land Rover.

Born in 1965, he graduated from Queens University in Belfast with an MBA in 1987.