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DEARBORN, Mich., April 7 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co.'s president and chief operating officer, James J. Padilla, is resigning effective July 1.

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DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. unveiled a radical makeover Monday, with plans to close 14 factories and lay off as many as 30,000 people.

Ford directors see restructuring details

DETROIT, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Financially troubled Ford Motor Co. is briefing directors about plans to close 10 factories and lay off as many as 30,000 North American workers. Details of the reorganization, which was being explained to board members Wednesday and Thursday, will take p

Ford Motor solicits employee ideas

DETROIT, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- With sales lagging, Ford Motor Co. has turned to employees for advice, actively seeking ideas to turn North American operations around.

Ford to reveal restructuring in January

DETROIT, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co., which lost $1.3 billion last quarter, will not reveal a planned massive restructuring plan until January, officials said.

Three Ford execs departing

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. has announced that three of its top executives are leaving.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The last Ford Excursion rolls off the line at the Louisville, Ky., assembly plant Friday as Ford Motor Co. turns to more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Head of Ford Motor Co. refuses paycheck

WILMINGTON, Del., May 13 (UPI) -- The head of beleaguered Ford Motor Co. told shareholders during a Wilmington, Del., meeting he would forego pay until the company turns a profit.

Bill Gates pitches to Detroit

DETROIT, April 30 (UPI) -- Bill Gates visited Detroit's auto industry on a mission to persuade manufacturers and suppliers Microsoft Corp. software can help cars and trucks.

Former Ford CEO Trotman dead

DETROIT, April 26 (UPI) -- Former Ford chief Alex J. Trotman, who helped make the U.S. automaker the most profitable in his times, has died in Yorkshire, England, at age 71. The English-born, Scottish-educated Trotman died at home Monday after a brief illness, the Detroit Free Pres
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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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