Quotes by: William Clay Ford, Jr.

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William Clay Ford Jr.
Ford in March 2011 speaking at the TED Conference
Born (1957-05-03) May 3, 1957 (age 59)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Hotchkiss School (1975)[1]
Princeton University (B.A., 1979)
MIT Sloan School of Management (S.M., 1984)
Occupation Executive chairman, Ford Motor Company
Spouse(s) Lisa Vanderzee Ford
Children 4
Parent(s) William Clay Ford Sr.
Martha Firestone
Relatives 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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
Lyft is enabling an exciting new model of freedom and personal mobility, as evidenced by its millions of satisfied users.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
S.U.V.'s are under a lot of scrutiny these days, and yet the S.U.V. buyer is a very loyal lot.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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!'
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
I believe very strongly that corporations could and should be a major force for resolving social and environmental concerns in the twenty-first century.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
I used to wonder if running a large industrial company would really square with my values.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
At Ford Motor Company, we believe the arts speak a common language that weaves a common thread among all people.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
As long as gas is cheaper than bottled water, we can't be in a position of dictating to the consumer what to buy.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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.
William Clay Ford, Jr.
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