Ford and GM change ‘chairman’ title with gender-neutral ‘chair’

Bill Ford, executive chairman and chairman of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company.

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DETROIT – Ford Motor CompanyBill Ford is no longer chairman of the automaker’s board of directors, but he still runs the show.

The automaker’s board of directors voted last week to amend Ford’s bylaws to “adopt gender-neutral language throughout, including the title of ‘chair’ instead of ‘chairman’,” according to a recent regulatory filing.

Bill Ford’s new title is simply “Chair”.

The changes, which went into effect immediately, are a pretty big step for them historically male-dominated auto industry. They come after large swathes of American corporations pledged to their employees and investors to be more inclusive and to focus on diversity efforts following the social unrest in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the assassination of George Floyd last year.

“Our roles at Ford are not gender-specific, and these changes help limit ambiguity and contribute to the inclusive and equitable culture we create,” Ford spokeswoman Marisa Bradley said in a statement emailed.

A spokesperson for General Motors said Monday it removed the title of “chairman” from CEO Mary Barra in exchange for “chairman” in May. He said GM did not change its bylaws but made the changes internally and on the company’s website.

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, leaves after meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the US Capitol in Washington, USA, June 16, 2021.

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“Mary Barras title change from chairman and CEO to chairman and CEO is just one of many changes at General Motors as we move towards becoming the most inclusive company in the world,” said David Barnas, a company spokesman, in a statement emailed.

Barra assumed the title of “Chairwoman” when she headed the automaker’s board of directors in January 2016. She is the first female CEO and chairwoman of a major automaker.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. made headlines earlier this year by also removing gender designations from its articles of association.

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA – Thousands of drivers drive past General Motors’ former assembly plant along Interstate 285 in Doraville, which closed in 2008 as a movie and entertainment center.

The Doraville Downtown Development Authority unanimously voted Monday night to transfer 128 acres of the land known as the Assembly Project to a Gray Television subsidiary called Pearl Railroad Assembly Yard LLC first reported by Bisnow.

Gray Television owns or operates television stations and digital real estate in more than 90 US television markets, including Savannah, Augusta, Albany, and Columbus. Bisnow reported that The Gipson Co. is also a partner in the purchase and will be the main developer.

Gray Television’s plans to purchase 128 acres include “film production studios and research and development,” on Monday’s Development Agency agenda. A site plan for the first phase of mixed-use development includes at least 10 film studios on 17 hectares and a separate building for “e-gaming, digital media and robotics”.

Gipson plans to take advantage of some of the features that Integral Group, the property’s former developer, had already launched. This includes plans for 150 townhouses and a Apartment project with almost 850 residential unitsreported the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The Development Agency owns the property under a 2016 contract with Integral Group that included $ 1.5 billion in bonds approved by an Integral subsidiary to make improvements to the former GM facility. This deal also included a 35 percent property tax break over 30 years.

“The City of Doraville is excited to partner with Gray Television on this historic development,” said Joseph Geierman, Doraville Mayor. “We have worked with Gray for months to re-design the old General Motors facility. Together, we have developed a plan that will attract thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in new investment. Our plan is a big leap into the future of ours.” Corporate city. “