Ford Canada has named Mark Buzzell as its next president and CEO, replacing Dianne Craig, who served in this role for the past five years. The appointment is effective from 1 January, 2017.

Under Craig's management, Ford has been the best-selling automotive brand in the country for five consecutive years, planned investments of more than C$1.4bn in its operations and strongly promoted the importance of the industry to Canada's economy, the automaker said in a statement.

"Dianne Craig's outstanding contributions at Ford of Canada make her the right person to help build future sales success in the U.S.," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas.

Buzzell, currently general manager for the western market area in the United States, joined Ford in 1989 and has held a variety of marketing, sales and service positions across the country, as well as in the Caribbean and Central America.

"I look forward to joining Ford of Canada's winning team to lead the company's efforts to be the most trusted and admired automotive brand in the country," Buzzell said.