Former Ford Motor Co. Vice Chairman Wayne Booker died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at his home in Barboursville, Va. He was 73.
Booker joined Ford in 1959 as a cost analyst. His legacy is laying the groundwork for Ford to enter such emerging markets as China, India, Thailand and Russia during the mid- to late-1990s.
Booker was promoted to vice chairman of Ford in 1996 and retired in 2001. He was recently diagnosed with cancer.
"Wayne Booker made major contributions to the success of Ford Motor Co. over more than four decades of dedicated service," Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. "He was a driving force in establishing a strong Ford presence in newly developing growth markets around the world, particularly in Asia.
"His leadership, wise counsel and tireless efforts on our behalf were greatly appreciated by everyone who worked with him, and he will not be forgotten." c