DETROIT -- Jon M. Huntsman Jr., former Republican presidential candidate and ambassador to China, has been elected to Ford Motor Co.’s board of directors effective immediately, the company said today.
“Jon brings to Ford’s board of directors extensive global knowledge and experience -- particularly in Asia with trade issues -- and operational experience gained as governor of Utah, a state that has grown jobs even during the economic crisis,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “Jon understands the importance of strengthening the country’s manufacturing base, which will contribute to our success going forward.”
Huntsman, 51, was twice elected governor of Utah, serving from 2005 to 2009. His public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, U.S. ambassador to Singapore and deputy U.S. trade representative.
Huntsman’s election was approved by Ford’s board at a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Ford CEO Alan Mulally said during a conference call with journalists today.