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Former Jaguar and Ford chief Sir Nick Scheele dies aged 70

Sir Nick, aged 70, was CEO of Jaguar Cars from 1992 until 1999 and later served as president and chief operating officer at Ford, retiring in 2005

Sir Nick Scheele

Tributes have been paid to former Jaguar and Ford boss Sir Nick Scheele, who died on July 18.

Sir Nick, aged 70, was CEO of Jaguar Cars from 1992 until 1999 and later served as president and chief operating officer at Ford, retiring in 2005.

He has been hailed as the man responsible for saving Jaguar in the early 1990s when the Midland car-maker faced tough times and was racking-up heavy losses.

Sir Nick also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help children in Coventry and Warwickshire.

He launched the Coventry Kids Committee in 1993, when he was who was chairman and chief executive of Jaguar Cars, with the aim of raising £400,000 in three years to build a new NSPCC centre in Coventry.

By the time three years had elapsed Sir Nick had raised nearly £500,000 - allowing the NSPCC to build Boole House in the city centre.

He was knighted in 2001 for services to exports and was made chancellor of the University of Warwick in 2002.

Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford said in a statement: “Not only did Nick help us overcome many challenges at the time, he mended relationships with our dealers, our suppliers and our employees, and set the stage for many of today’s leaders who are moving us forward.

“Nick Scheele was an outstanding leader whose global experience and passion for our products served Ford Motor Company at a critical time.”

He is survived by wife Ros children Paul, Hannah and Jim and five grandchildren.

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