Education: Bachelor's degree, Princeton University; master's degree, management, M.I.T.
Career moves: Began employment with Ford Motor Co. in 1979 as a product planning analyst, subsequently held a variety of positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development and finance. Elected a company director in 1988; has held a number of management positions at Ford, including international assignments, culminating in vice president, Commercial Truck Vehicle Center, in 1994; 1995, became chair of the board's Finance Committee, a position he held until becoming CEO in 2001. Named chair of the board's Environmental and Public Policy Committee in 1997; became chairman of the board of directors 1999; named CEO 2001
Corporate committee memberships: Environmental and Public Policy, Finance
Board affiliations: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village; trustee, Detroit Renaissance and Princeton University Brookings Institute; member of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow; vice chairman of the Greater Downtown Partnership Board of Directors (Detroit)
Accolades: In 1996, named to Newsweek magazine's "The Century Club," a list of 100 people to watch as America headed into the next millennium. In March 2000, graced the cover of Fortune magazine, which deemed him a "breath of fresh air for Detroit" and lauded both him and Ford Motor Co. for continued progress economically and environmentally within the auto industry.