Ford of Canada Ltd. CEO Barry Engle resigns from his post after just six months on the job.

Engle, who has served in a variety of capacities in his 16-year career at Ford Motor Co., has accepted a position as president and CEO of Pennsylvania-based New Holland Agricultural Equipment SpA, a division of CNH Global NV, which is majority-owned by Fiat Automobiles SpA.

Prior to his post at Ford of Canada, Engle served as general manager of Ford Div. marketing. His resignation is effective Sept. 8.

In a statement, Engle, a Pennsylvania native, says working at Ford of Canada has been “one of the best experiences” of his career, but he is looking forward to returning to his home state.

“It’s very difficult to leave a team that is so committed to its customers and to building future success,” he says.

Ford of Canada has yet to announce when a new CEO will be appointed, spokeswoman Lauren More says.

Since 1990, Ford has invested more than $10 billion in its Canadian operations, its fourth-largest market worldwide.

Meanwhile, Ford names Raj Nair as vice president of operations, Asia Pacific and Africa, and Jeffrey Wellman as executive director-purchasing, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Nair will report directly to John Parker, executive vice president, Asia Pacific and Africa, while Wellman will report to both Nair and Tony Brown, group vice president-global purchasing.