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Ford Motor Company promotes University alumnus Dr Steven Armstrong

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Dr Armstrong, a University alumnus and honorary doctorate recipient, has been appointed president of the Changan Ford joint venture in China.

Dr Steven Armstrong, a University of East London alumnus and honorary doctorate recipient, has been appointed by the Ford Motor Company as president of the Changan Ford joint venture in China.

Dr Armstrong gained a BA in business administration from the University of East London and also received an honorary doctorate in business from the University in 2018.
He takes up his new role on October 1, reporting to Ford China President and CEO Anning Chen.

Dr Armstrong currently serves as president and chairman of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa and has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has been president of Ford South America, chief operating officer of Getrag-Ford Transmissions and in senior leadership  positions at both Jaguar Cars and Volvo Cars.

Dr Armstrong has been recognized with many awards, including being named a Eurostar by Automotive News in 2005 for improving supplier relations for Volvo.
Currently based in Cologne, Germany, he has worked all over the world, including the United States, Sweden and Germany, as well as Brazil.

Earlier this year, Dr Armstrong visited the University of East London, when he met a group of engineering students.

He advised the students, “It’s important to motivate yourself. I’ve always wanted to learn to do something more. You don’t always have a goal but I took opportunities that were offered. You have to be open to things. You may not be on the path that you started out, but looking back over my 35 years I could never have planned my life.”

Dr Steven Armstrong is pictured at his honorary degree ceremony at the University (centre), with UEL Chancellor, Mr Shabir Randeree (left); UEL Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Geoff Thompson (second from right); and UEL Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Amanda Broderick (right).