Obituary

Lee Grey, who worked for Ford Motor Co. for three decades, died Aug. 29. He was 97.

Ford CEO Hackett to speak at congress

Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett, who spent two decades running a Michigan office-furniture-maker, will be a keynote evening speaker at the Automotive News World Congress in January.

UPDATED: 9/13/17 3:17 pm ET - adds recent departures
Tesla's vice president of business development, Diarmuid O'Connell, departs

Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla's vice president of business development, has left the company, the latest in a string of management departures as Tesla ramps up production of the Model 3 sedan.

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