Dr. John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Lechleiter has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and Company since January 2009. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lilly from 2008 to 2016. Dr. Lechleiter joined Lilly in 1979 and served in several executive management positions throughout his tenure, including President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President for pharmaceutical operations, Executive Vice President for pharmaceutical products and corporate development, and several executive positions in product development and regulatory affairs. Dr. Lechleiter is a member of the American Chemical Society. He also serves as the Chairman of United Way Worldwide and a member emeritus of the board of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.
Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a range of Ford cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and electrified vehicles; and Lincoln luxury vehicles worldwide. Its Automotive segment sells Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to fleet customers, including commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments. The company's Financial Services segment offers various automotive financing products to and through automotive dealers. Its financing products comprise retail installment sale contracts for new and used vehicles; and direct financing leases for new vehicles to retail and commercial customers, such as leasing companies, government entities, daily rental companies, and fleet customers. This segment also offers wholesale loans to dealers to finance the purchase of vehicle inventory; and loans to dealers to finance working capital and improvement of dealership facilities, purchase dealership real estate, and other dealer vehicle programs. The company was founded in 1903 and is based in Dearborn, Michigan.