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October 22, 2008

It was hailed by fourth-generation chairman Bill Ford as a vote of confidence in Ford’s business plan, but activist investor Kirk Kerkorian’s dalliance with the car manufacturer has turned out to be all too brief after he admitted that he was looking to sell some or all of his stake.

It was hailed by fourth-generation chairman Bill Ford as a vote of confidence in Ford’s business plan, but activist investor Kirk Kerkorian’s dalliance with the car manufacturer has turned out to be all too brief after he admitted that he was looking to sell some or all of his stake.

August 22, 2008

Investors who have been lobbying for some of the US' largest companies to go green are celebrating after a record 57 climate-related shareholder resolutions were filed during the 2008 proxy season.

Investors who have been lobbying for some of the US' largest companies to go green are celebrating after a record 57 climate-related shareholder resolutions were filed during the 2008 proxy season – nearly half of which were withdrawn after the companies agreed to action their climate-related commitments.

Prevalent among these companies was family-owned Ford, which becomes the first US auto company to provide a detailed plan of how it plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its new vehicle fleet by at least 30% over the next 12 years.

May 9, 2008

The Ford family has retained control over the Ford Motor Company by defeating a motion to implement a one share, one vote policy at the Detroit-based manufacturer.

The Ford family has retained control over the Ford Motor Company by defeating a motion to implement a one share, one vote policy at the Detroit-based manufacturer. The proposal was put forward at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders yesterday. Although 27% of shareholders voted in favour, 73% voted against.

March 26, 2008

Ford Motors has sold two of its luxury car brands to a fellow family-owned company.

Ford Motors has sold two of its luxury car brands to a fellow family-owned company. Tata Motors, part of the Indian-based Tata Group, has bought Land Rover and Jaguar for $2.3 billion.

Ford announced last summer that the brands were being put up for sale and there has been much speculation as to who would be the highest bidder. In January this year Ford confirmed that it had entered into discussions with Tata over a possible sale.

January 3, 2008

Ford Motor Company has announced that fellow family-owned firm Tata Motors, part of the Tata Group, has been chosen as the highest bidder for its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

Ford Motor Company has announced that fellow family-owned firm Tata Motors, part of the Tata Group, has been chosen as the highest bidder for its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

Ford bought Jaguar in 1989 after BL Ltd floated it on the London Stock Exchange, and Land Rover was sold by BMW in 2000.

In a statement, Lewis Booth, Ford executive vice-president, said that the company "is committed to focused negotiations at a more detailed level with Tata Motors concerning the potential sale of the combined Jaguar Land Rover business.

May 1, 2007

Brand content may seem like nothing new – after all, contract publishing has been around for ages. But it has a new life in video via broadband connections. Meg Carter explains how some family businesses are using this tool to uniquely market themselves

Meg Carter is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Earlier this year, Budweiser, the lager brand owned by family-run brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, launched its own TV network. Bud TV is a family of entertainment channels distributing a mix of music, comedy, sport and celebrity interviews – all of which have been originally produced for or acquired by Anheuser-Busch. It is the most ambitious example to date of a new form of marketing communications fast attracting attention in boardrooms worldwide: brand content.

September 1, 2006

Boeing’s Alan Mulally has accepted perhaps the most dangerous job in big business as CEO of Ford. Can he fix the besieged autos giant – or has he just been drafted in to take the heat off Bill and the family? Melanie Stern reports

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

Boeing's Alan Mulally has accepted perhaps the most dangerous job in big business as CEO of Ford. Can he fix the besieged autos giant – or has he just been drafted in to take the heat off Bill and the family? Melanie Stern reports

May 1, 2006

Performance at autos giant Ford is at its nadir under CEO Bill Ford. Shareholders are demanding a return on their investment and accusing the family CEO of failing the firm. Is family owner-managership damaging Ford’s bottom line, asks Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

Performance at autos giant Ford is at its nadir under CEO Bill Ford. Shareholders are demanding a return on their investment and accusing the family CEO of failing the firm. Is family owner-managership damaging Ford's bottom line, asks Melanie Stern

November 1, 2005

Too many people are put off by alarming statistics that surround the start-up of new business initiatives, argues James Hutcheson. Although prudence and caution are desirable assets, sometimes it pays to take a chance and ignore the gloom merchants

James Olan Hutcheson is founder and president of ReGENERATION Partners. jim@regeneration-partners.com

Too many people are put off by alarming statistics that surround the start-up of new business initiatives, argues James Hutcheson. Although prudence and caution are desirable assets, sometimes it pays to take a chance and ignore the gloom merchants

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