Ford's new CEO Jim Hackett truly has influenced Silicon Valley ... or at least a show bearing its name.
On a recent episode of HBO's "Silicon Valley," a box from Steelcase Inc. — the furniture company Hackett formerly led — was prominently sitting inside a new venture capital firm's office behind actor Haley Joel Osment, who plays an in-demand tech whiz.
Steelcase, according to a company blog, has a partnership with the popular comedy that includes providing furniture for Season 4. David Cook, set decorator, said the show spent "a lot of time researching and developing an overall aesthetic" for the set before reaching out to Steelcase, which became well-known in Silicon Valley under Hackett's leadership.
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford last month said Hackett's connections to the tech mecca were a driving force for the board selecting him to replace Mark Fields, who was ousted after less than three years at the helm of the automaker.
Hackett, 62, is credited with overhauling Steelcase's culture and helping clients such as Apple Inc. redesign traditional workspaces into open environments.
He also is known for having a 24-hour audio and from his office in western Michigan to David Kelley, the founder of IDEO, a Silicon Valley design company that worked closely with Steelcase, when Hackett was manning the furniture empire.
It's still early days for Hackett at Ford, but maybe he can help get the Dearborn, Mich., automaker featured on Season 2 of Comedy Central's "Detroiters," which has featured Chrysler.