DEARBORN, Mich., April 4, 2008 – Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] today reiterated the significant progress it is making on its plan to transform and position the company to grow profitably around the world with the release of its 2007 Annual Report and notice of its 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Proxy Statement.
The Annual Report and Proxy Statement were mailed today to approximately 730,000 shareholders and the Proxy Statement was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The documents outline the company’s performance in 2007, announce information about the company’s Annual Meeting to be held on May 8, 2008, and proposals to be presented there, as well as provide details of compensation for select corporate officers.
“The year 2007 marked a major turning point for Ford Motor Company,” Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford writes in the Annual Report. “We made significant progress toward our plan to return to profitability in North America and in our total operations in 2009. At the same time, we laid the foundation for future growth.”
“To achieve profitable growth, we need to take advantage of every potential economy of scale and best practice we can find,” President and CEO Alan Mulally added. “In the months ahead, you will see more of the building blocks of the new Ford Motor Company start to emerge – as we work together to create a dynamic global enterprise growing profitably around the world.”
During 2007, Ford made significant progress toward its transformation plan. All Ford automotive operations were profitable outside of North America, excluding special items, as was the company’s Financial Services sector. Specifically, the company achieved a $10 billion year-over-year improvement in overall financial performance before taxes, positive total automotive operating-related cash flow, significant improvements in vehicle quality, further cost reductions and successful introductions of new products and innovative technologies around the world.
The improved performance and results also will be discussed during Ford’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, May 8, at the Hotel du Pont, 11th and Market Streets, Wilmington, Del.
In addition to information about the Annual Meeting, the 2008 proxy provides a detailed review of total 2007 compensation provided, granted to or received by five named executive officers during the year – based on the company’s 2007 performance. Details include:
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 245,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.