Ford names Steelcase, Lilly executives to board

Ford Motor adds James Hackett and John Lechleiter to its board of directors

Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that it has elected James P. Hackett and John C. Lechleiter to its board of directors.

Hackett, 58, is CEO of office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. Lechleiter, 60, is chairman, president and CEO of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co.

Ford said that Hackett will join the board immediately and Lechleiter will join on Oct. 1.

The company's executive chairman Bill Ford said that Hackett brings design and business development to the board and Lechleiter's experience in science brings a unique skill set to the board.

Shares of Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford slipped 8 cents to $17.47 by late Wednesday afternoon.

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