Currently alive, at 61 years of age.
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1957 – Born in Detroit, Michigan on the 3rd of May.
1984 – He received an S.M. in Management as a Sloan Fellow from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
1998 – He was elected Chairman of the Board in September, and took office on the 1st of January 1999.
– On the 1st of February, when the Ford Rouge Powerhouse had an explosion that killed several Ford employees, Bill Ford rejected the ideas of his advisors and rushed to the scene from the nearby Ford world headquarters building.
2000 – He announced that the Company would achieve a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency in the company’s light truck fleet, including SUVs, by mid-decade.
2001 – Ford added the title of Chief Executive Officer on the 30th of October, following the ouster of then-CEO Jacques Nasser.
2006 – The retirement of Ford President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Padilla in April, Ford assumed those roles as well.
– On the 5th of September, Ford announced that he was stepping down as President and CEO, naming former Boeing senior executive Alan Mulally as his replacement.