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Ford Scion Leaving Job at Automaker as He Prepares to Join Board

  • Founder’s great-great grandson to be fifth-generation director
  • Henry Ford III traces path similar to executive-chairman uncle
Henry Ford III
Henry Ford IIIPhotographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg

Henry Ford III, great-great grandson of Ford Motor Co.’s founder, is leaving his position at the automaker to devote more time to his new role on the company’s board.

Ford, 41, told colleagues Tuesday he is stepping down July 1 as a director of investor relations, ending 15 years of employment at the carmaker. Ford and his cousin Alexandra Ford English, 33, were elected to the board last month, marking the elevation of a fifth generation in the industrial dynasty to the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body.