DETROIT - Allan Gilmour is known for financial acumen. But he will be far more than a CFO at Ford Motor Co.
He will have a key voice in rebuilding Ford Motor on three major fronts: financial performance, products and executive leadership.
Gilmour, 67, who retired from Ford Motor in 1994, returned to the company as vice chairman and CFO last week. Gilmour's influence, like that of General Motors' 70-year-old product czar Robert Lutz, will extend beyond his job description.
As the fourth member of Ford Motor's powerful office of the chairman and chief executive, Gilmour will weigh in on every consequential decision facing the company. His opinion counts with Bill Ford Jr., Ford Motor chairman.
"Sometimes in football they talk about players who raise the game of everybody else around them,'' said Bill Ford, whose family owns the Detroit Lions. "That's Allan.''
Incisive and well-spoken, with a knack for self-deprecating humor, Gilmour draws on 34 years of experience at Ford. Groomed as a potential CEO -- although twice passed over - Gilmour has presided over automotive operations, financial operations and Ford Credit.