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Ford Family Leadership

We continue to bring you inside the Ford buildings through our photos. These are portraits that hang on the 12th floor of Ford's World Headquarters in Dearborn, MI.

Throughout the years, the Ford family has had a vital role in the vision and operations of our company. Four of them have held top leadership positions within our company and each of them had profound impacts on Ford, the automotive industry and the larger world:

Henry Ford, Founder and President 1906-1919, 1943-1945
Henry is widely regarded as the person who popularized the moving assembly line for mass production, made cars affordable for anyone who wanted one, and set in place our culture of giving back to the communities in which we do business.

Edsel Ford, President 1919-1943 (his death)
Edsel had an eye for design to the role, purchased Lincoln Motor Company, and was one of the most generous art benefactors in Detroit, most notably visible at the Detroit Institute of Art where Diego Rivera's famous mural is housed.

Henry Ford II, President 1945-1960, CEO and Chairman 1960-1979
Henry II brought Ford back from the brink after World War II, ushered in the era of Ford as a publicly traded company and oversaw introductions of iconic vehicles such as the '49 Ford, the Thunderbird and the Mustang.

William ("Bill") Clay Ford, Jr., Chairman 1999-2006, CEO 2001-2006, Executive Chairman 2006-present
Bill led the company into the 21st century, focusing on fuel economy, technology and sustainability, and is widely regarded as a visionary as an "environmental industrialist."

All four men, their families, and the many men and women who have worked with them over the years have made +Ford Motor Company a better place to work and have contributed to making the world a better place.• 
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Ford vehicles run deep in my family. My dad, brothers and me with my 2000 mustang convertible and 2010 Taurus. Thank you Ford. (P.S. I would encourage Ford to mandate customer care/service training classes. That's all I'm saying.) I'm very excited to see the 2014/2015 mustang.
I love fords always will great american family long live fords 
Ford has the best electronics in their vehicles!
Success through hard work. It is a pleasure working for Ford.
“When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.

Ford replied,''Produce it anyway.”
― Henry Ford

Persistence, persistence, persistence
Great family heritage. All of them are creative master minds of there time.
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