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Henry Ford III Leaving Ford To Broaden His Perspective Outside Of Company

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As Ford Authority reported back in May, Henry Ford III and Alexandra Ford English – both great-great-grandchildren of Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company’s founder, were elected to the automaker’s Board of Directors at Ford’s annual shareholders meeting. Ford III will remain on the board but is leaving his current position as Ford’s director of investor relations effective July 1st, according to an email sent from Ford III to his coworkers that was seen by Automotive News.

“After 15 years inside Ford, I believe that new external viewpoints will help me guide and support our great company with improved objectivity and an increased ability to constructively critique our strengths and weaknesses,” Ford III wrote in the email.

“I have seen the magic that happens when we work together to deliver the products and services that our customers love,” Ford III added. “Ford is in a position of great strength as we look toward the future, and I am eager to contribute and provide support from the board as you all execute on the Ford+ plan for growth and value creation, and build a highly successful company for all stakeholders.”

Henry Ford III – son of Edsel B. Ford II, who he replaced on the board – has been with the company since 2006. Over the years, 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.

As the global marketing manager for Ford Performance, 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.

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Comments

  1. CHARLES STEMPLE

    WELL THIS IS JUST GREAT THE FORD FAMILY IS JUMPING SHIP. I FOR ONE AM NOT HAPPY.

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    1. NCEcoBoost

      There are 2 ways of looking at this development. The reason why Ford has had an embarrassing revolving door of CEOs in recent years is BECAUSE of the Ford Family’s constant involvement in day-to-day affairs (using the CEO as their puppet). So, either Henry III steps up and grows a pair and replaces Farley OR the Family abdicates the majority of seats on the Board, so that a new, perhaps outside CEO can do his or her job. It’s one or the other. Clearly, this generation of Fords prefers the latter. And I’m OK with that, as long as Bill gets out of there as well.

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  2. MARK

    I met Henry at the Boss Track Attack back in 2015 and found him to be a very down to earth guy. I believe he was an education major in college and didn’t seem to have the “entitled” persona that is attached to many family members of large business interests and corporations. I wish him the best of luck in whatever endeavors he decides to pursue.

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  3. Roy Chile’s

    What going on at the FoMoCo Jim Farley should be the one leaving he knows nothing about the Automobile business

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    1. NCEcoBoost

      Yes he does. See my reply to Charles Stemple above.

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  4. LANCE CLOUSER

    I GIVE IT ABOUT 10 YEARS AND FORD WILL BE ANOTHER FORGOTTEN MAKE OF VEHICLE.

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  5. NCEcoBoost

    Bet there was too much pressure on him to replace Jim Farley. WHICH HE SHOULD BE DOING. Heck, if Jim is only a puppet for the Ford Family, have a Ford Family member be the CEO and stop these puppet games. Force him into it, rest of the family – grow a pair.

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    1. CJSTEMP[LE

      I AGREE WITH LANCE.

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  6. GreggT

    On the subject of the Ford family leaving, one prime candidate that should leave is Elena Ford, Chief Customer Experience Officer. I don’t ever remember seeing such a debacle in customer/dealer relations as this “chip issue”. The lack of communications from Ford was deafening, one could hear a pin drop! Even today, the special order customers of those 10’s of thousands of vehicles built without parts are clueless when they might see their vehicle.
    Maybe this lady is just a figure head and does nothing but add the Ford name to this area, I honestly believe Henry would roll over in his grave knowing how badly this was handled.

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  7. Lee

    Henry 3rd sees the writing on the wall. Betcha he’s getting out before FoMoCo goes down right behind Lordstown. Pretty much where all this EV junk is headed.
    Adios Henry 3rd. Y’all take Farley along too.
    Yeah, betcha great, great granddaddy IS rolling over in his grave.

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    1. Bob

      This is def the stupidest comment I’ve read on this thread.

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  8. Dave Mathers

    Hmmmm, veddy, veddy interesting!! Tell us more!!

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  9. CHARLES STEMPLE

    What a joke. Really miss when the company was Quality is Job One. Get the quality where it should be and most of the problems will evaporate . Then we can get back to business,until then its like a death spiral for the company.

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