By Drew Johnson
Friday, May 11th, 2012 @ 9:55 am
 
Ford's European manufacturing head has stepped down after just five months on the job. The news comes just weeks after Ford announced a pre-tax first quarter loss of $149 million in the European market.

Mike Flewitt took over as Ford's European manufacturing head on January 1, but has resigned after just five months on the job. Ford says Flewitt left "to pursue other career interests" without giving details.

Flewitt, 50, joined Ford in 1983 as a trainee at the company's Halewood, England factory. Prior to taking over as head of manufacturing, Flewitt was the company's European vehicle operations chief.

According to Automotive News Europe, Flewitt has already returned to the UK from Ford's European HQ in Cologne, Germany.

Like most automakers, Ford has been hit hard by the European debt crisis. In response to its $149 million first quarter loss Ford has announced production cuts at plants in Valencia, Spain, Cologne, Germany and Saarlouis, Germany. The automaker says its second quarter vehicle production will be about 15 percent less than the year prior.