Martin Leach was a Ford man through and through. He had worked for Ford almost his entire working life, had rotated through a series of ever more important assignments and had embodied the "driving dynamics" that Ford had made a core brand value in Europe, Automotive News Europe reported. That such a talented, dedicated executive would leave his job during a critical restructuring is not a good sign for Ford of Europe. Until August, European operations had been held up as a model for Ford's global recovery.