He joined Ford in 1979 and held a variety of positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development, finance and other groups.
He was chairman of the finance committee, a non-executive corporate governance position, for several years before becoming Chairman. He also served as chairman of the board without the CEO title for some time before then-CEO Jac Nasser was ousted.
According to news reports, Ford "is a tae kwon do blackbelt, a student of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism and a folkguitar player." (http://www.surferess.com/CEO/html/william_clay_ford_jr.html) He is noted as an environmentalist.
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Ford is known to be a conscientious environmentalist, having driven an electric Ford Ranger EV, and currently a Hybrid Electric Escape.
Ford also continues to study Fuel Cell-powered electric powertrains, and is currently demonstrating hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine technologies, as well as developing the next-generation hybrid-electric systems.
Ford is also expanding the current lineup of flexible-fuel vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, and duel-fuel vehicles.
WilliamClayFord is the youngest of the four grandchildren of Henry Ford and child of Edsel Ford.
He purchased the Detroit Lions and for some years this was his primary professional interest, but as his older brother Henry Ford II aged he became increasingly important as a Ford Motor Company director, representing the long term interests of the family investment (and by proxy, that of all shareholders).
Ford, the grandson of auto pioneer Henry Ford, is married to the former Martha Parke Firestone -- granddaughter of the tire magnate Harvey Firestone.
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