Former Michigan AD named CEO at Ford
Former Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett is tackling a new challenge outside the world of college sports.
On Monday, Ford announced that Hackett would be the new president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. He was selected to replace Mark Fields after a shake-up with the company’s management.
— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) May 22, 2017
Hackett served as Michigan’s interim AD for a 15-month stretch from 2014 through 2016. His biggest accomplishment while at the university was landing Jim Harbaugh as the school’s head football coach.
When Michigan decided to open the search for a permanent athletic director, Hackett did not want to be considered for the position. He was succeeded by Warde Manuel, the acting AD in Ann Arbor.
Ford noted that Hackett is recognized as a “transformational business leader” and has served on the company’s board of directors from 2013 through 2016.
But let’s be honest, what really impressed Ford was how Hackett was able to bring Harbaugh back to his Alma Mater.