Back in March, we reported that both Henry Ford III and Alexandra Ford English – both great-great-grandchildren of Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company’s founder – had been nominated to serve on the automaker’s Board of Directors. Both Ford III and Ford English were simply waiting for today’s election at Ford’s annual shareholders meeting, and both have now officially been confirmed.
Henry Ford III, son of Edsel B. Ford II, has been with the company since 2006. Since then, he has served in various roles in Labor Relations, Purchasing, Marketing and Sales, and Corporate Strategy, and was part of the team that negotiated the landmark 2008 master labor agreement with the UAW.
When he was the global marketing manager for Ford Performance, Henry Ford III played a key role in the launch of the latest Ford GT and supported the company’s successful return to racing at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Ford III also serves on the board of trustees at The Henry Ford Museum, Ford Foundation, Neighborhood Villages, and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.
Alexandra Ford English is the daughter of Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and currently serves as a director in Corporate Strategy, responsible for enterprise, connectivity, and digital network strategic plans. Before that, she was director of Market and Operations for Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC and was responsible for the successful deployment and operations of Ford’s autonomous vehicle business in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Ford English is also Ford’s representative to the board of directors of Rivian, the electric carmaker in which Ford owns an equity interest.
Ford III and Ford English will take the place of Edsel Ford, who is retiring from Ford’s Board of Directors this month, and John Lechleiter, who decided not to stand for re-election.