Bill Ford: A good listener, leader

To the Editor:

This is in response to “Senior strategist” (June 30).

I had the good fortune to work for and with Bill Ford in the early 1990s, when he headed Ford Motor Co.’s climate control division. He was a delight to work for. He listened to what you had to say — and if it made sense, he’d go with your recommendation.

Bill Ford’s decision to step down as CEO and hire Alan Mulally in 2006 was indicative of his strategic perspective.

I felt it was the right thing to do at the time, and it has clearly worked to put Ford in a position to recapture the

No. 1 spot in the United States (a challenge for new CEO Mark Fields).

I hope Bill Ford stays many more years as executive chairman as he truly understands the company’s history.

When all is said and done, Bill Ford’s real strengths came down from his father, William Clay Ford Sr., who imbued in his son a love for the company and a work ethic that are second to none.


Blue Hill, Maine