"Increasing urban mobility has such critically important implications. We can improve local, regional and national economies, reduce pollution and enhance the quality of life for people around the world. As always, new technology and better ideas will lead us forward."
Bill Ford is a Founding Partner of Fontinalis. As a lifelong environmentalist and purveyor of mobility, his vision for Fontinalis is to make it a world-renowned partner of companies making a difference in these two arenas.
Bill also serves as the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company (FMC). Prior to joining the Board of Directors in 1988, he held positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development and finance. In 1999, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors, and in 2001 Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure as CEO he took the company from a $5.5 billion loss to three straight years of profitability. Bill assumed the role of Executive Chairman in 2006.
In 2000, under Bill’s leadership, FMC published its first corporate citizenship report outlining the economic, environmental and social impact of company products and operations around the world. In 2004, he led the company to restore the Ford Rouge Center, the world's largest brownfield reclamation project, and transformed it into a model of lean, flexible and environmentally sensitive manufacturing, saving millions of dollars in energy and other costs. Bill championed the Ford Escape Hybrid, the world's first hybrid-electric sports utility vehicle, later named the 2005 North American Truck of the year.
Bill’s charitable, volunteer and business efforts are highlighted by his commitment to the city of Detroit. As vice chairman of the Detroit Lions he led efforts to build a new, environmentally friendly stadium in Detroit. He is a member of various non-profit and for-profit boards including eBay, Business Leaders for Michigan, and The Henry Ford, a national landmark and American history museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Bill holds a Master of Science degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.