Ford and GM replace ‘chairman’ title with gender-neutral ‘chair’


Bill Ford, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board for Ford Motor Company.

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Company‘s Bill Ford is no longer chairman of the automaker’s board of directors, but he’s still running the show.

The automaker’s board voted last week to amend Ford’s bylaws to “adopt gender-neutral language throughout, including the title ‘chair’ in place of ‘chairman,'” according to a recent regulatory filing.

Bill Ford’s new title is simply “chair.”

The changes, which took effect immediately, are a pretty big step for the historically male-dominated auto industry. They come after large swaths of corporate America have promised employees and investors…


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