Edsel Ford II

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Edsel Ford II
Edsel Bryant Ford II

(1948-12-27) December 27, 1948 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
OccupationBoard of Directors at Ford Motor Company
Cynthia Ford (m. 1974)
  • Henry III
  • Calvin
  • Stewart
  • Albert
Parent(s)Henry Ford II
Anne McDonnell Ford Johnson

Edsel Bryant Ford II (born December 27, 1948) is the great-grandson of Henry Ford and the son of Henry Ford II. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company and serves on the finance committee and sustainability and innovation committee. He is a cousin of its Executive Chairman, William Clay Ford Jr..[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ford attended Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and graduated in 1968, from The Gunnery, in Washington, CT, before entering Babson College.[2][3] He received his business administration bachelor's degree at Babson, and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1981.[2]


Between 1978 and 1980 Edsel ran sales and marketing at Ford Australia.[4]

As a board member of Ford, Edsel is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations.[1] He was named president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Credit Company in 1991, and elected a Ford Vice President in 1993.[2] In 2013, Edsel was awarded the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award.[5] Long seen as the public face of Ford Motor Company's motor racing efforts, particularly in NASCAR, in May 2019 Edsel was nominated for and won the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Landmark Award.[6][7]

Edsel purchased Pentastar Aviation in 2001.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ford is married to Cynthia Layne Neskow and they have four sons:

Edsel Ford is the chairman of the boards of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan and the Henry Ford Estate - Fair Lane in Dearborn, Michigan. He serves on the board of The Henry Ford.[11] He is currently the director emeritus of the board of directors at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan and also served on the board of trustees for the Skillman Foundation.[12] He was previously chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch. Appointed by then-mayor Dennis Archer, Ford was the chairman of Detroit 300, a major civic and philanthropic effort that organized the celebration of the city of Detroit's 300th birthday in 2001.[13] Ford was then appointed as the founding chairman of the Detroit 300 Conservancy and was instrumental in the development and construction of Campus Martius Park (which the conservancy continues to maintain).[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company". Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Edsel B. Ford II | Ford Media Center". media.ford.com. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  3. ^ "Edsel Bryant Ford II - Most Connected 2015 | Crain's Detroit Business". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  4. ^ Clark, Andrew (30 August 1979). "Edsel Ford in Australia: Young Man in No Hurry". New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Edsel B. Ford II to receive award from Keith Crain". Automotive News. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  6. ^ "Landmark Award". Nascar Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  7. ^ "Stewart, Gibbs top NASCAR Hall of Fame class". Reuters. 2019-05-23. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  8. ^ "Owner & CEO, Pentastar Aviation". Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Ford Foundation elects Henry Ford III to Board of Trustees". Ford Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  10. ^ Baime, A.J. (February 2, 2015). "Fifty Sense". Autoweek. 65 (3): 40–44. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  11. ^ "Mission & Board of Trustees". The Henry Ford.
  12. ^ "Crain's Most Connected". Crain's Detroit Business. Crain Communications.
  13. ^ Serwach, Joseph. "EDSEL FORD'S WORK AIDS THE COMMUNITY". Automotive News. Crain Communications.
  14. ^ "Conservancy Background". Detroit 300 Conservancy.

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