The recent news of Martin Leach’s abrupt exit from Ford of Europe comes as a surprise to many. The mild-mannered, Australian-born Leach was largely credited with rebuilding Ford’s European product lineup, as he had helped do at Mazda Motor Corp. earlier in his career. He became president and CEO of Ford’s European operations at 46, but had more than two decades of service with the company. It looked like he was a shoe-in for bigger and better things down the road. And while he ...

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