• Earnings Reports, Ford

    Ford Shocks Street, Conventional Wisdom, Shareholders to Turn Profit

    The Ford Motor Co. nailed a quarterly profit for the first time in two years, it was announced today. (Ford purists will be happy to know that in spite of gains, the automaker continued its red-hot losing streak in its core market of North American SUV/oil enthusiast). Ford, in the throes of a restructuring program […]

    / Jul 26, 2007 at 11:08 AM
  • Ford

    Ford plans on another huge European dump

    Reuters reports that Ford has hired Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Morgan Stanley to sell-off its British luxury brands, Jaguar and Land Rover. A Citigroup analyst said the sale could raise $8 billion for the cash-strapped firm that lost $12.6 billion last year and $282 million in the first quarter of ’07. The analyst comments, “Given […]

    / Jun 12, 2007 at 3:37 PM
  • Compensation, Ford

    Ford CEO’s Compensation Not Necessarily Reflective of the Climate at Ford

    Ford revealed today in its annual proxy that Chief Exec Alan Mulally was awarded a $7.5 million hiring bonus and $11 million to “offset” the compensation he lost for leaving Boeing last year. This is an interesting bit of news, considering that the automaker hemorrhaged $12.7 billion last year. The previous CEO, Bill Ford, did […]

    / Apr 5, 2007 at 1:02 PM
  • Ford, Private Equity

    Aston Martin Sold For $925 Million

    The private equity takeover of the auto-industry continues. And this time they’ve got James Bond’s favorite ride. Jalopnik reports straight from the Ford of Europe conference call on which it the deal to sell Aston Martin was just announced. We’re on the conference call right now where we’re being told FoMoCo will be selling Aston […]

    / Mar 12, 2007 at 9:57 AM
  • Ford

    Ford Develops Fuel Cell Car And Probably Avoids Bankruptcy (For Now)

    The Los Angeles Times this morning reports that Ford has developed a fuel cell car that can travel 350 miles between hydrogen fill-ups. Which is probably almost far enough to actually find a hydrogen filling station. Ford’s experimental hydrogen vehicle, scheduled to be shown for the first time at a media preview Wednesday of the […]

    / Nov 28, 2006 at 11:33 AM
  • Ford

    Will Mulally Put Ford On The Dole?

    Tim Carney latest column in the Washington Examiner points out that one of Alan Mulally’s greatest accomplishments at Boeing seems to have been squeezing a great deal of money from the marble pillars of our nation’s capital. Is this how Mulally will solve Ford’s troubles—through political entrepreneurship rather than effective business strategies? Alan Mulally comes […]

    / Sep 20, 2006 at 3:19 PM
  • Ford

    Is Ford Headed the Wrong Way?

    One of the great problems with Ford is that its work force is demoralized. It’s been hemorrhaging executives, and its middle management largely consists of folks waiting for their pensions to kick in. Try finding a kid at business school who think Ford would be a pretty cool place to land a job. It’s a […]

    / Sep 13, 2006 at 5:25 PM
  • Ford

    Why Bill Ford Fired Himself

    The record on family run public companies is a bit mixed. On the one hand, a scion CEO from a family with a large stake in a company should have a longer time horizon than an unrelated CEO who knows he could be out the door at any moment. So there should be less short […]

    / Sep 7, 2006 at 11:26 AM
  • Ford

    Bill Ford Resigns!

    To be honest, we hadn’t even got around to reading Newsweek’s interview with Ford Motor Company CEO Bill Ford. We figured it was the usual pabulum chief executives serve up. Even the much heralded news that he would step down as CEO if someone better came along struck as fiduciary duty happy talk—he’s also on […]

    / Sep 5, 2006 at 4:35 PM
  • Executive Pay, Ford

    Ford Facing Executive Meltdown

    If you were an up-and-coming corporate manager, how much longer would you keep working for an American car maker? What if they had pretty much stopped paying bonuses due to low profitability? Increasingly, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, executives at Ford seem to be answering: not very long. Ford didn’t paid […]

    / Aug 28, 2006 at 1:41 PM

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