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Ford elects Steelcase CEO James Hackett to board

September 12, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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James Hackett. Courtesy Steelcase

Ford Motor Company has announced the election of Steelcase CEO James P. Hackett to the automaker’s board of directors, effective immediately.

John C. Lechleiter, chairman/CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, was also named to the Ford board on Thursday.

Hackett, 58, runs Grand Rapids-based Steelcase, one of the world’s largest office furniture manufacturers.

He was named company president and CEO in December 1994 and oversees all Steelcase domestic and global operations.

He also has served as a director of Steelcase since 1994.

"Jim brings nearly three decades of global design and new business development experience to Ford's board of directors," said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. "We expect Jim's unique consumer design perspective and diverse leadership experience will help guide our future success as a global automotive design leader."

In addition to the Steelcase board of directors, Hackett serves on several boards: Fifth Third Bancorp, the National Center for Arts and Technology and both the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Life Sciences Institute at University of Michigan and Business Leaders for Michigan.

Hackett is a University of Michigan graduate.

Ford, which is headquartered in Dearborn, employs about 177,000 people and has 65 plants worldwide.

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