Ford Motor Co. named former Microsoft and Salesforce executive Lynn Vojvodich to its board of directors, effective April 1.
Vojvodich, 49, works with venture capital firms as an adviser to pre-IPO and startup companies. In her new role at Ford, she’ll be on the board of directors’ nominating and governance, sustainability and innovation, and audit committees.
She will become the third woman on the Ford board of directors and expand the number of directors to sixteen. The board includes two direct insiders -- Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Mark Fields -- and Edsel Ford Jr., the great-grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford and the son of Henry Ford II, who served as president of the company from 1945-60 and chairman from 1960-80. Bill Ford and Edsel Ford are cousins.
Most recently, Vojvodich was executive vice president and chief marketing officer of enterprise software company Salesforce. She also has held leadership positions at Microsoft and BEA Systems and was a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. She began her career as a mechanical engineer working on the design and construction of Gulfstream jets and offshore oil structures.
“Lynn is a proven marketing leader and entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in transforming customer relationships,” Bill Ford said in a statement. “With deep experience, particularly in the software industry, she brings a unique perspective to the board that will help guide our strategy and evolving customer experience.”
Vojvodich is an independent director of The Priceline Group Inc. and was chairman of Take3, a marketing strategy firm she founded in 2006.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and product design from Stanford University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.