James Hackett

Former CEO & President of the Ford Motor Company

  • Former CEO of Steelcase
  • Member of the Board of Advisors of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy & the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan
  • Member of the Board of Directors for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

When James Hackett is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Culture of Great Experiences No Matter Where You Are Working
Looking at the World Through Three Lenses to Create Customer-Centric Value
The Future of Work
The Legacy of a Company Celebrating 100 Years, Reinvention Required & What’s Next

James Hackett, commonly known as Jim Hackett, is not just a figure in the automotive industry; he is an embodiment of leadership, innovation and forward-thinking. Appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company in May 2017, James’ vision for the company has been nothing short of transformative. Alongside Bill Ford, James has steered Ford’s mission towards becoming the world’s most trusted mobility company. This isn’t about just cars – it’s about designing intelligent vehicles for an increasingly connected world, vehicles that instil confidence and freedom in those who use them. Before taking the helm at Ford, James was already deeply integrated into the company’s vision for the future. As Chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC since March 2016, he worked to accelerate Ford’s innovative plans in emerging mobility services. Even before this role, his influence was evident as a member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors since 2013. Being a part of the Sustainability and Innovation committee, James played a crucial role in initiating the Ford Smart Mobility plan.

But to understand the essence of James’ innovative spirit, one needs to look at his tenure as the CEO of Steelcase, the global office furniture industry titan. From 2014 to 2015, James served as its Vice Chairman, culminating a 30-year journey that saw him predict and drive a shift in office environments. Under his leadership, Steelcase transformed from a traditional manufacturer to an industry trailblazer. James’s foresight predicted the movement away from confined cubicles to open-space designs, reflecting the evolving needs of modern employees. James’ influence, however, isn’t confined to traditional corporate settings. His collaboration with David Kelley, CEO of IDEO, showcases his passion for design innovation. Through Steelcase’s equity investment in IDEO in 1996, James ensured that the office furniture giant stayed at the forefront of design thinking, benefiting from IDEO’s prowess that once included designing the pioneering “mouse” for early Apple computers. Outside the boardroom, James’ leadership shined in the world of athletics, notably as the Interim Director at the University of Michigan. This wasn’t just a position; it was a return to his roots. Before becoming a business magnate, James played centre for the University of Michigan football team, exemplifying his versatility from gridiron to boardroom.

In conclusion, James Hackett is more than just a business leader. As a keynote speaker, he brings to the table decades of transformative leadership, unparalleled foresight and an unwavering commitment to innovation. Whether in the realm of automobiles, office design, or athletics, James brings a wealth of experience, providing insights from both the boardroom and the field, making him an inspirational voice for diverse audiences.

To enquire about James Hackett for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@inspirational-leadership-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0203 0070 320.