Former Ford chairman, CEO Harold Poling has died
Poling help in company's turnaround in 1980s, 1990s
Harold "Red" Poling the former chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Company has died.
He was 86 years old.
"With a list of accomplishments that span 43 years, including leading the company through a remarkable turnaround during the 1980s and 1990s, Red was respected by all for his leadership, his passion for being the low-cost producer and his genuine affinity for people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family," Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, said in a statement.
Poling was succeeded by Alex Trotman.
Poling interned at Ford while at Indiana. After receiving his degree, he returned to the automaker as a cost analyst in its steel division's controller's office.
Poling worked his way up through the ranks to lead Ford's European operations in the 1970s and became a member of the automaker's board in 1979. He went on to serve as its chief operating officer and vice chairman in the 1980s, before being named CEO in March 1990.
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