William Clay Ford Sr., last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, dies

William Clay Ford Sr., last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, dies

DETROIT, March 10 (UPI) -- Control of Detroit Lions should go to William Ford Sr.'s son, Bill Ford Jr., after the elder's death.
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Denny's: Police with guns may eat at chain

BELLEVILLE, Ill., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Belleville, Ill., Police Chief William Clay has rescinded an order that officers not to eat at a restaurant where a detective was asked to take her gun outside.

Police officer asked to leave gun outside

BELLEVILLE, Ill., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Belleville, Ill., Police Chief William Clay has ordered on-duty officers not to patronize a restaurant where a detective was asked to leave her gun outside.

School agent allegedly 'flashes' teens

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- An off-duty New York City school guard, naked from the waist down, allegedly called two 13-year-old girls to his car and offered them $20, authorities said. William Clay, 36, allegedly told the girls, who were standing at a bus stop near a middle school i

Ford chairman rebuilding dealer trust

DETROIT, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. chief William Clay Ford apologized to dealers for trying to impose business policy on them. Ford told the National Automotive Dealers Association convention this weekend in San Francisco he was sorry for alienating the automaker's 4,500 dea

Ford CEO's stock deal draws scrutiny

DETROIT, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Ford's board of directors is expected to review a complaint about Chairman William Clay Ford Jr.'s 1999 purchase of 400,000 shares of Goldman Sachs Group. Criti

Ford near settlement of bias suits

DETROIT, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. reportedly is close to settling two class-action lawsuits accusing the automaker of age, sex and race discrimination. The Wall Street Journal and
William Clay
Former U.S. Rep. William Clay Sr. addresses the Missouri Democratic Party's Jefferson - Jackson Dinner in St. Louis on April 5, 2008. Clay was on hand to accept the Party's Legacy of Leadership award. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

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 the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company. Ford also served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer until turning over those roles to 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. 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 finance 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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