Marin Burela



Bachelor of Engineering


Geelong Waurn Ponds

Graduation year


Deakin Alumni of the Year Award


Current position

President, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Company, China


Marin is a leader in the global automotive industry and currently serves as President and CEO of Ford Motor Company's joint venture in China, Changan Ford Mazda. In 2012 he received an Alumni of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and management in the automotive industry.

Career path and highlights

Marin began his career with Ford in Geelong in 1984, after completing his engineering degree at Deakin and participating in Ford Australia’s engineering graduate program. In 2004, he joined Ford Europe to lead the development of Ford’s Global Small Car product portfolio.

He returned to Australia to become President and CEO of Ford Australia in 2008. Over the years, he has also held senior management positions at Jaguar and Land Rover in the UK, being appointed to their board.

He was elected Corporate Vice President and Company Officer by the Ford Board of Directors in 2012.