Ford Motor Co. has nominated a pair of fifth-generation descendants of founder Henry Ford to its board, deepening the family’s involvement in the auto maker’s corporate governance.
The company said Alexandra Ford English, 33 years old, and Henry Ford III, 40, will stand for election at Ford’s annual shareholders meeting in May. Both are great-great-grandchildren of Henry Ford, who founded the company around the turn of the last century. Ms. Ford English is the daughter of current Executive Chairman Bill Ford.
If the two are elected, three of the company’s 14 board seats will be occupied by Ford family members. Currently there are two descendants of the founder on the board, Mr. Ford and his 72-year-old cousin, Edsel Ford II, who will retire from the board this spring, the company said.
Their appointments would extend a history of family oversight at the 118-year-old auto maker. Ms. Ford English’s 63-year-old father has served as executive chairman since 2006, and was chief executive officer and chairman before that.
Edsel Ford II, who is the father of Henry Ford III, has been a director since the late 1980s. Elena Ford, a great-great granddaughter of the founder, is Ford’s chief customer-experience officer.