Lincoln has appointed Sarah Rae to the position of Director, Lincoln Middle East, replacing Alex Schaeffer, who repatriated to Dearborn, Michigan, to take up a new position in Ford Motor Company. She will report to Metelo Arias, Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Services, Ford Middle East and Africa.
In her new role, Ms Rae will lead Lincoln’s operations in the Middle East as the luxury automotive brand continues to expand its business in the region.
Prior to this role, Ms Rae served as Lincoln Middle East’s brand manager, and has played an integral part in the recent launch of the all new Navigator full size SUV and the brand’s dealership development in the UAE. She joined Ford Motor Company in 1995 and brings more than 20 years of automotive industry experience as a marketing and sales professional.
“This is an exciting time for Lincoln across the Middle East. We continue to expand our offering with products such as the new Navigator, enjoying unprecedented demand in the full size luxury SUV segment and the upscale Presidential line, while we drive the delivery of a luxury experience from start to finish across our dealerships,” said Mr Arias.
“Today, the Lincoln brand is well on track to become the fastest growing automotive brand in the luxury segment. It is important to have someone of Sarah’s experience and brand understanding at the helm to continue to build on this strong momentum the brand has gained in the Middle East. She brings a deep knowledge of the region to the position, and we’re excited to welcome her new role,” Mr Arias added.
Lincoln is witnessing enhancements to its representation in the Middle East. Earlier this year Lincoln welcomed Alghanim Auto as its official distributor in Kuwait, delivering its luxury automotive experience to customers in the region, while the highly anticipated Al Tayer Motors stand-alone Lincoln 3S facility in Dubai is expected to open its doors before the end of this year.