Quotes by: William Clay Ford, Jr.
|William Clay Ford Jr.
Ford in March 2011 speaking at the TED Conference
May 3, 1957 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
||Hotchkiss School (1975)
Princeton University (B.A., 1979)
MIT Sloan School of Management (S.M., 1984)
||Executive chairman, Ford Motor Company
||Lisa Vanderzee Ford
||William Clay Ford Sr.
||Henry Ford – great-grandfather
Edsel Ford – grandfather
Henry Ford II – uncle
Edsel Ford II – cousin
Harvey S. Firestone – great-grandfather
Harvey Firestone Jr. – grandfather
There is a great demand everywhere in the world for individual mobility. People like the fact they are not on somebody else's schedule. They can come and go as they please.
As the technology is developed, autonomous driving could provide driving opportunities for the physically challenged or enable the elderly to continue driving longer. This will be vital as many nations experience an aging population.
I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.
The day will come when the notion of car ownership becomes antiquated. If you live in a city, you don't need to own a car.
Lyft is enabling an exciting new model of freedom and personal mobility, as evidenced by its millions of satisfied users.
S.U.V.'s are under a lot of scrutiny these days, and yet the S.U.V. buyer is a very loyal lot.
There's a rising tide of environmental awareness and activism among consumers that's going to continue to swell in the 21st century. Smart companies will get ahead of that wave and ride it to success and prosperity. Those that don't are headed for a wipeout.
I don't want anybody, whether it's my grandchildren or any of our employees' grandchildren, to have to apologise for working for Ford Motor Company. In fact, I want the opposite. I want them to look and say, 'What a difference we made!'
I don't care where you are in the world, people are aware of what technology is available to others. If you're in Nairobi, you're certainly aware of the iPhone.
All things being equal, I think people would still prefer to do business with their hometown companies. That's true in America, that's true in China, that's true in Germany.
I believe very strongly that corporations could and should be a major force for resolving social and environmental concerns in the twenty-first century.
I used to wonder if running a large industrial company would really square with my values.
At Ford Motor Company, we believe the arts speak a common language that weaves a common thread among all people.
As long as gas is cheaper than bottled water, we can't be in a position of dictating to the consumer what to buy.
Nobody's irreplaceable, including me. I think for too long we've had a cult of personality in this company and in this industry, and frankly, I'd like to see that diminish.
I'm not motivated by money or power or fame. In the end, it doesn't bring much happiness. The only thing that is driving me is self-satisfaction, self-validation.
There are people who think I'm a Bolshevik, and this is all a major distraction at best and heresy at worst. But I really don't care.
My father was a great business leader and humanitarian who dedicated his life to the company and the community. He also was a wonderful family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, yet he will continue to inspire us all.
Lewis Booth and Derrick Kuzak represent the very best of Ford and our culture and built a legacy of leadership, integrity and commitment to excellence that will benefit us for years to come.
I never wanted Ford to be a place, like the tobacco industry, where our employees were not proud of coming to work for us. I felt there was a danger of that, should we be marginalized as a major polluter.
In the time of the robber barons, my great grandfather insisted on reinvesting and sharing profits with workers... He was told he was a socialist, that he was not welcome on Wall Street.