Los Angeles Times
DEARBORN - In a surprise
move that makes a Ford family mem-
ber the front-runner to eventually as-
sume the top job at Ford Motor Co., a
*great-grandson of founder Henry Ford
was named yesterday as head of the
auto maker's powerful finance com-
William Clay Ford Jr. will take the
post Jan. 1 when it is vacated by his
father William Clay Ford Sr., the 69-
year-old brother of the late Henry
The step puts a young member of
Fhe Ford clan in position to oversee
the company's purse strings and to
prove his mettle as a finance manager
to top auto executives, Wall Street
and the family, which controls 40
percent of the company's stock.
A Ford family member has not run
the company since 1980, when Henry
Ford II stepped down as chairman.
Prior to that, a Ford had headed the
company since it was founded in 1903.
Under pressure from the Ford fam-
ily, the company has been grooming
both Edsel B. Ford II and William
Ford Jr. for senior management jobs
at Ford. Industry experts speculate
that one of the Fords is likely to suc-
ceed chairman Alex Trotman when
he retires at the end of the decade.
Trotman said the board consid-
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s great-grandson named
auto company's finances
speculate that one of
the Fords is likely to
succeed chairman Alex
Trotman when he
retires at the end of
ered both Fords for the finance com-
mittee position, but would not com-
ment directly on why William Ford
Jr. was chosen over his older cousin.
"Bill has a great deal of experi-
ence on both sides of the Atlantic,"
Trotman noted. "He knows how Ford
ticks. He is well qualified for his new
"It's clearly a win for William Jr.,
and it's a setback for Edsel," said
Eugene Jennings, professor emeritus
of business management at Michigan
The two Fords, both of whom are
directors and finance committee mem-
bers, downplayed the rivalry, how-
Edsel Ford, a vice president and
son of Henry Ford II, will continue as
chief executive of Ford Motor Credit
Co., while William Ford Jr. will re-
sign as vice president of Ford's com-
mercial truck vehicle center to take
on his new finance duties.
"This suits Billy, this suits me,"
said Edsel. "They are complementary
roles for both of us."
William Ford Jr. agreed and said
not too much should be read into his
promotion. "I don't think this pre-
cludes anything or includes anything,"
he said when asked if he hoped this
would lead to the Ford chairmanship.
Speculation that a Ford family
member would ascend to the chair-
manship of Ford has abounded since
1989, when Edsel Ford publicly com-
plained he was being passed over for
important managerial positions.
The spat led that year to the early
retirement of Donald Petersen as
chairman and an effort to provide a
clear path of advancement for the two
"Eventually, one of these two
gentlemen will run the company,"
said John Casesa, an analyst with
Wertheim Schroder, aNew York bro-
kerage. "It still is a family-run com-
The finance committee has been
chaired by a Ford since 1979, when
Henry Ford II took the job. With his
death in 1987, Henry's brother Will-
iam Ford Sr. assumed the post and has
held it ever since.
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DETR OIT (AP) - Km att Corp.
announced yesterday it wi shutter
1 10 stores in 30 states and elinte
6,000 jobs in a restructuin tha r
flects the intense. comn tion 'n th
Investors welcomed the rmo a hid-
ding stock in the nation's N. 2
tailer up 75 cents per share to
by late morning. t w as the mot ac-
ively traded stock on the New o
Stock Exchange early yesterdcy.
But retail industry an dvsts c n-
tioned that, while the c'ouings r en
important step in the ri ght orcetion a
true recovery for Kmart longe on a,
switch to larger, more modern Stores
like those of archrival Wal-Mat
~These moves by themselves wil
not solve Kmart's problems." said
Joseph Ronnig, an analyst with the
investment firm Brown Broters
Harriman in New York.,
He said the severity of the cts
sent an important message to inves-.
tors that management was se rious
about making changes.
"I think it is a sign that Kmart i
coming to grips with the situation.,'
Ronning said. "Many of the stores
were not competitive vehicle<.
"It's a tough decision bor tue
company to m ake," said W alki r
Loeb. a retail analyst and consutarm
in New York. "Will they catch up to
Wal-Mart? I don't think so. WIl
they be a discount store in iteii own
right? I think they can."
Kmart Chairman Joseph Antonii
broadcast the changes at 8:30 n.m hy
satellite to all the retailer's discount
stores. The managers of the stores
being shut down were notified of he
decision in meetings earlier in the
"It's :i very emotional time lot
us.' laid Jun PhiUips. manager at he
Kmart in Norfolk. Ne,one of for t
close in the state. "YOU can just imag
ne th. reaction. just came out oftme
T e changes, an eFfort to keep
pace agar nst competition from bay-
ton Hudson Corp.'s Target division
and the niation's largest istailer, Wal-
Mart Stores Inc., also includes a 10-
pet renm cut in the management force.
Those cuts -a total of 2,300 jobs
-- wiH! be made over two years. in-
cluding 650 store man agers who will
lose theii jobs immediaely as a result
ol the store closings. Knirt Corp.
cm ploy a total about 260,000 people
Fight f the 110u stores have at-
ready shut down. said Kmart spokes-
woman Mary lorenc,. The remain-
der wil ctosc jes after Christmas in
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January and February 1995. The clos-
igs represent 4.7 percent of Kmart's
2,348 discount stores.
Operations in Indiana and Texas
will get the biggest hit, losing 12
stores in each states.
The closed stores had failed to
meet the company's required level oF
return on its investment. Most are in
markets that are too small to suport
the competition they face.
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Ann Arbor teachers and school
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wlze negotiations continue.
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assisted suicide ban
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Dr. ack
Kevorkian is appealing the suspen-
sion of his California medical license
and challenging the state law that
prohibits physician-assisted suicide.
"'We're challenging the constitu-
tionality of the statute in California
which makes it a crime to assist an-
other person in a suicide. We're also
seeking a declaration that the revoca-
tion of Dr. Kevorkian's license was
improper," attorney Lawrence Silver
The Medical Board of California
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with live suicides in Michigan. The
license, issued in 1957, was suspended
in 1993 and then formally revoked
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"We'll defend the action that we
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Silver also fled a federal lawsuit
in V.S. District Court challenging the
constitutionality of the state's prohi-
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"They should not have revoked
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Ani said: "We would not necessar-
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had not been asked by the state of
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