Business: Ford's Touch of Chrysler Flu

A job for Henry II's successor

It was a poignant milestone in automotive history. Last weekend movers cleared out the four-room, twelfth-floor corner suite in Dearborn, Mich., from which Henry Ford II for most of the past 34 years had run the auto empire founded by his grandfather. Though Ford, 62, will remain as board chairman, he has stepped down as chief executive, ending three generations of day-to-day family management at the nation's third largest industrial firm. His departure is not at an auspicious time in Ford's fortunes. The domestic auto business faces serious problems, but Henry Ford, following a careful...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!