Ford, with smiles, returns to the plan

Ford, with smiles, returns to the plan

DETROIT, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. executives at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit said a quick bow was enough, then it was time to get back to work.

Ford tags Michigan for hybrid and plug-in

DETROIT, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. said Monday it would assign production of a new hybrid and an electric car to the Michigan assembly plant, where the Ford Focus is built.
Ford shareholders grateful and grumbling

Ford shareholders grateful and grumbling

WILMINGTON, Del., May 14 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. shareholders in Delaware Thursday called for more executive pay disclosures, but praised executives for avoiding federal bailout funds.

U.S. automakers shift gears in Washington

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. automakers have shifted their focus in Washington from requesting a $50 billion loan to securing $25 billion promised last year, observers said.

Tracinda increases stake in Ford

DEARBORN, Mich., June 19 (UPI) -- U.S. billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp. has increased its holdings in Ford Motor Co. to 6.49 percent, official filings showed.

Ford's chairman praises company CEO

WILMINGTON, Del., May 8 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. praised company Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally at the annual shareholder meeting, sources said.
Ford urges family unity in Kerkorian bid

Ford urges family unity in Kerkorian bid

DEARBORN, Mich., May 7 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. wants family members to unite against a challenge to family control of the company, a Detroit newspaper said.

Jury to decide on insurance plot suit

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A judge in Texas has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against an insurer brought by the widow of a man whose ex-wife held a large policy on his life.

Ford paid Mulally $28.2M amid $12.6B loss

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. said Thursday its top seven executives were paid more than $62 million while the U.S. automaker posted a record $12.6 billion loss.

Ford Motor Co. chairman's home on market

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford has put his 6,500-foot, five-bedroom home on 17.2 acres in Ann Arbor, Mich., up for sale.

Ford Motor critic: End the family control

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Word of another huge loss at the No. 2 U.S. automaker has renewed calls for shareholders to cut the founding family's control.

Radical surgery on Ford Motor Co.

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. will lay off 14,000 salaried workers, close more North American factories and says it still won't make money until 2009.

Ford Motor names replacement for Bill Ford

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co., the No. 2 U.S. carmaker, has replaced Bill Ford as chief executive with Boeing Co. executive Alan Mulally.

Ford CEO talks of plans to fix automaker

DETROIT, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford Jr. says the No. 2 automaker has plans to fix its problems in North America. In an interview with Newsweek, Ford said, "We understand that it requires extraordinary action, and we are taking that." The interview was

Ford wants to sell Aston Martin brand

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co., the No. 2 U.S. carmaker struggling to shed assets to regain profitability, wants to sell its prestigious British Aston Martin business.
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Bill Ford
DET2002011103- 11 JANUARY 2002- DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, USA: Ford Motor Company executives (LtoR), Martin Inglis, Ford CFO & group vice -president; Bill Ford, Ford Chairman & CEO, Nick Scheele, president and chief operating officer and Jim Padillo, Group vice- president address the media regarding Ford's future plans. Ford announced that five U.S. plants will close, eliminating 37 thousand jobs, worldwide. The company will also discontinue four current models. bg/Ford Motor Company UPI.

William Clay "Bill" Ford Jr. (born May 3, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan), is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, and serves as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Ford also served as the President, CEO, and COO until turning over those roles to former Boeing executive Alan Mulally in September 2006. Ford is also the Vice Chairman of the Detroit Lions NFL franchise.

Ford was born in Detroit, Michigan, the great-grandson of both Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. His father is William Clay Ford, Sr., and his mother is Martha Firestone. On his mother's side his grandparents are Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. and Elizabeth Parke Firestone. On his father's side his grandparents are Edsel Bryant Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay. Edsel Ford II, son of Henry Ford II and also a board member, is Bill's cousin. Bill has three sisters: Martha Morse (who has 3 children), Shelia Hamp (who has 3 children), and Elizabeth Kontulis. Bill attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and went on to graduate from Princeton University in 1979, having majored in history and served as president of The Ivy Club. He played on the Princeton rugby team as well. In 1984 he received an S.M. in Management as a Sloan Fellow from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is married to Lisa Vanderzee, and they have four children, all living in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He joined Ford in 1979 and 1981 held a variety of positions, beginning in product development and on the financial staff, a grooming ground for future executives. He served several years as a mid-ranking executive in product development. He also briefly headed the Climate Control Division (since divested from the company as part of the Visteon spinoff). At the time of the Ford 2000 reorganization, he was in charge of heavy truck operations.

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