Hackett credits W. MI for success as Ford CEO

DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — Jim Hackett does have his favorites in the Ford lineup; the new Lincoln Navigator is one of them.

One thing he loves are the seats, and he’s not afraid to give a former competitor credit for them.

“There’s some West Michigan influence in those seats. They came from Herman Miller,” he said during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “It was a great competitor when I was at Steelcase. I’m so glad to have their influence.”

Hackett, who was appointed president and CEO of Ford Motor Company last May, has brought a lot of that West Michigan attitude to his job.

He says there are a lot of similarities between Ford and Steelcase, the Grand Rapids-based office furniture manufacturer he’s credited with transforming into a global leader over 20 years.

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