New Ford CEO Hackett transformed Steelcase, football programme

New Ford CEO Hackett transformed Steelcase, football programmeBy Paul Lienert and Alana Wise DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co’s new chief executive officer transformed office furniture maker Steelcase Inc into a global leader, but in Michigan, he may be more revered as the man who turned around a troubled college football programme. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr., whose family owns the Detroit Lions football team, pointed to James Hackett’s accomplishments as the University of Michigan’s interim athletic director in 2015 while a member of the automaker’s board. Ford said at a news conference on Monday that Hackett hired Jim Harbaugh as head football coach and “left the department in much better shape than he found it.” Hackett, an Ohio native who played football at the university under legendary coach Bo Schembechler, has run Ford Smart Mobility, a new unit established to oversee and coordinate the company’s forays in autonomous driving, ride sharing and other ventures, since March 2016.



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