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Ford Motor Company today announced that Minesh Bhagaloo, Product Communications Manager for the Sub-Saharan Africa region, will assume responsibility for the Communications Department on an interim basis as of 1 March, 2019.

Bhagaloo takes over from Rella Bernardes, outgoing General Manager of Communications, as she will be taking up a new role as Corporate Communications Manager at Ford of Europe after 14 years with Ford in South Africa, and 11 years in her current position.

In his interim role, Bhagaloo will report to Katie Dove, General Manager Communications, Ford Middle East and Africa, until the announcement of a permanent appointment.

“It’s an exceptionally busy and exciting time for Ford in South Africa, with the impending launch of the New Ford Ranger, the first-ever Ranger Raptor and the New Everest,” said Neale Hill, MD of Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region. “We have full confidence in Minesh and the rest of the Communications team in ensuring continuity and excellence”.

“Although we’re sad to see Rella go, we appreciate her support and dedication to the company over the past 14 years and wish her well in her new Ford role,” Hill stated.