We have reached out to Ford to confirm Patel’s departure and reason for it. We haven’t received a response yet, but will update when we do have an answer. Both Automotive News and CNBC note that Ford representatives did confirm his departure, though there was no mention of the circumstances surrounding it.
This marks the second Ford executive to leave the company for inappropriate conduct. Earlier this year, Raj Nair, the former president of Ford’s North American operations, left the company. He apologized for his behavior, though he nor Ford gave details on what that behavior actually entailed. Nair did wind up being hired as president and COO of Multimatic Motorsports, the company that helps build the Ford GT, as well as the supplier of the spool-valve shocks used in race cars and even the Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Camaro ZL1 1LE.