DETROIT - With Ford Motor Co. facing difficult times, CEO Bill Ford has turned to a trusted family member to become his chief of staff.
On Friday, November 4, the company named Steve Hamp, Ford's brother-in-law, to that post. The move takes effect December 1.
Hamp, 57, will advise Bill Ford on shaping the company's strategic direction and executive team. The appointment comes as Bill Ford tries to instill a culture of innovation in the company that bears his family name.
Hamp is president of The Henry Ford, which includes The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village tourist attractions at Ford's global headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.
Hamp has turned The Henry Ford into one of the top historical tourist attractions in the US. He is married to Ford's sister, Sheila.
"I've seen first-hand the kind of impact Steve can have on an organization," said Bill Ford in a prepared statement. "He has an amazing ability to get people to work together productively. He will be a terrific asset to me as we drive the turnaround of our business."