Former Presidential hopeful, and US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, is turning his focus towards an entirely new industry - the automotive kind. Huntsman is joining Ford Motor Company's Board of Directors, according to sources.
This position will begin immediately.
Huntsman, 51, is chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, and former Republican candidate for president of the United States. He also previously held office as the US Ambassador to China.
"Jon brings to Ford's board of directors extensive global knowledge and experience - particularly in Asia with trade issues - and operational experience gained as governor of Utah, a state that has grown jobs even during the economic crisis," said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. "Jon understands the importance of strengthening the country's manufacturing base, which will contribute to our success going forward."1
At Koons Silver Spring Ford Lincoln in Silver Spring, MD, we're excited to see what a Presidential candidate could do for an already successful American auto maker. His ties with China might also open up a new market for the company, as well as introduce Ford to different technologies.
Huntsman was Governor of Utah twice, years after serving under Ronald Reagan as White House staff assistant. He will undoubtedly bring an experienced outlook to the company.