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Martha Firestone Ford names Rod Wood team president

Posted Nov 19, 2015

Martha Firestone Ford names Rod Wood team president and establishes an advisory board for the general manager search.

Allen Park, Mich. –Detroit Lions Owner and Chairman of the Board Martha Firestone Ford announced today the appointment of Michigan native, Rod Wood, as the team’s new President and the establishment of an Advisory Board for the General Manager search.

Wood, 55, will oversee the business side of the organization and report directly to Mrs. Ford. 

For the past eight years, Wood has worked closely with the Detroit Lions organization and the Ford Family in his role as President and CEO of Ford Estates.

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“I am most pleased to announce Rod Wood as our new Team President,” Mrs. Ford said. “Rod’s familiarity with our organization in his role as President and CEO of Ford Estates and his accomplishments in the business world not only make him an ideal choice as Team President, but will also help ensure a smooth and positive transition for our organization.

“It was critical to me and my family to fill the President’s position as soon as possible, provided we identified the right person,” Mrs. Ford continued. “I am confident Rod is the right person.

“I also believe Rod’s appointment now gives us the ability to move more decisively with respect to our search for a general manager,” Mrs. Ford continued.

In addition to Mrs. Ford, the GM search Advisory Board will include the team’s Board of Directors and Vice Chairmen—Martha Ford Morse, Sheila Ford Hamp, William Clay Ford, Jr. and Elizabeth Ford Kontulis—and Wood.

Mrs. Ford confirmed that the team’s Advisory Board will continue to use the resources available at the National Football League for their GM search, specifically the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel. Mrs. Ford also indicated that the Advisory Board will evaluate the possibility of engaging the services of specific members of the Career Development Advisory Panel to assist directly with the Lions’ GM search.

“While I am supremely confident Rod will do a great job in his role as President, I also know how critically important hiring the right GM is to the success of our football team,” Mrs. Ford said. “Our No. 1 goal and focus will always be to produce a championship football team and hiring the best GM possible is the next step to making that a reality.”

STATEMENT FROM TEAM PRESIDENT ROD WOOD

“I am humbled and honored to accept this position. Mrs. Ford has made it clear that her goal, and the goal of the Ford Family, is to make the Detroit Lions a championship football team and organization. In my role as team President, I will do everything possible to provide our organization with all the means necessary to succeed on the football field and provide our fans and city with a championship organization both on and off the field.”

ROD WOOD BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Most recently, Wood was hired as President and CEO of Ford Estates in 2007. From 1999 until his appointment at Ford Estates, Wood was Executive Vice President of Wealth Management for the Wilmington Trust Company in Wilmington, Del., a $400 million operation with 17 offices in eight states. Wood directed the company’s entire wealth management business nationally, and he managed the personal trust, financial planning, private banking, investment management, family office services and sales functions for the wealth advisory business of Wilmington Trust.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Wood held an executive position with Comerica Bank where he oversaw 12 offices in four states.

Over the years, Wood has been a member on numerous company and non-profit boards.

Wood graduated from Goodrich (Mich.) High School, and he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the ABA Graduate School of Commercial Banking.

Wood and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Allison, and a son, Taylor.