Ford has been replaced by Graham McIntosh, formerly business unit director of Universal's sister company Ashfield In2Focus and Universal Procon board member. He will continue in a consultancy role until June 2010 to help with the restructure.
His resignation follows the announcement last month that Universal will relocate its UK operation to Ashby-de-la Zouch, where Ashfield In2Focus is based, by the end of December as part of the restructure.
"It wasn't right for me geographically, but the parting was amicable," said Ford.
As part of the restucture, Universal and Ashfield In2Focus will now work closer together to offer healthcare clients a greater range of services.
The company revealed it is looking to make an acquistion in Europe and also establish a presence in Asia in 2010. Early talks are already underway with a European events agency regarding an acquisition.
Ford said that Universal Procon was financially strong before the restructure and would be even stronger as a result of it.