Current position: CFO
Career highlights: From 2003 to 2008, Booth held leadership roles in Ford of Europe, including CEO. He worked as executive vice president for Ford Motor Co. responsible for Ford of Europe, Volvo Car Corp. and Ford export operations and global growth initiatives. Booth was chairman of both Ford of Europe and Volvo.
From 2002 to 2003, Booth was president of Mazda Motor Corp., where he championed the return of the rotary engine to the RX-8. In 2000 Booth was president of Ford's Asia Pacific and Africa operations.
Key accomplishments: As CFO, Booth has aggressively paid down Ford's billions in debt, kept a lid on spending and helped generate consistent profits. Ford is on the verge of being rated investment grade, and if it reactivates a dividend payment, Booth would be a hero.
Why he'd be a candidate: Booth, a quiet-spoken Brit, is experienced, smart, polished and has run several of Ford's global arms successfully. He has financial savvy and is a self-confessed car guy, the son of a Ford, Austin and Morris dealer in Liverpool, England, where he was born. He has an engineering degree as well.
On the other hand: Booth is only two years from traditional retirement age, and Ford would be looking for his replacement just as he was getting warmed up.