• Jan 18, 2007

On 11/15, we reported about the expensive flights on Ford's corporate jet that Mark Fields was taking every weekend from Detroit to his home in Florida. Today, Mr. Fields announced to the workers at Ford that he would forgo the perk, guaranteed to him as a part of his compensation package, and make the weekend flights home on a commercial airline.

Fields has been asked to relocate several times throughout his career at Ford Motor Company, and felt that this arrangement would avoid yet another disruption in the life of his family. He uses the time at home with his family to relax from the brutal schedule he keeps during the week as one of the significant players in the revitalization at Ford. Fields will continue to fly home to Florida on the weekends, but felt that the issue was becoming a distraction to the team and made the decision on his own, with the company's full support. See you on Southwest, Mark!

[Source: Detroit News via Jalopnik]




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      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw the Ford press conference at the Detroit show. Fields looked ridiculous in his mullet. Actually it was kind of embarrassing.

      Look on the roads: how many 500's do you see? Very few for a supposed volume car.

      then, with the euro-Focus winning car of the year over there, and being a legitimately good car, what did they do to revitalize our Focus? Reskinned the current model. Someone has his head up his butt with respect to product.

      The absolutely absurd glass concept car showed their total lack of car-related product direction.

      Other than the Mustang, Ford does not have a car in its stable that stirs the blood or makes me want to drive it. Until mid last year, their top volume car was the taurus, which couldn't even be bought at retail.

      Mullaly impressed me at the press conference. Fields looked like an 8-track tape salesman from the late 70's in his zoot suit and mullet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If he were a TRUE "car guy" he would make the commute by car. ;)

      --chuck

      • 8 Years Ago


      That's a very bold move on Fields part. Our two Senators from Massachusetts wouldn't give up their private jets for the UAW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7 are you crazy, Fields is a very smart man and im glad Ford has him.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know what is sad Craig? You can say all that like they are the only ones building outside the U.S. borders. Guess what.....everyone does it. Also Ford,GM, And DCX still employ way more Americans than anyone else. So yeah they are still AMERICAN!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Daniel I wasn't insulting the one who wrote the article. I don't totally disagree with the whole idea that corporate America is spoiled in some senses. But lets face it that IS the world we live in. However I just get sick of all the comments from people who are just looking for and excuse to complain especially about domestic car companies.

      My point was that he DID make this sacrifice something that would be hard for anyone. It is great to see people making sacrifices from "head to toe" in this company. It seems as though fields did it without whining. He is making good choices and all the people on here want to do is dogg him. It is a good thing we aren't all under these peoples scrutiny.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just another example of the Mulally effect at Ford. It's so refreshing to see common sense decisions being made on a daily basis. I give Mark Fields credit, that perk was negotiated in his contract, he didn't have to give it up. But lets face it when tens of thousands of UAW workers are being let go it didn't make sense to keep the private jet commute. Having said that, the way most American companies operate nowadays it wouldn't have mattered to most execs. Fields and Mulally are on the right track. P.S. PLEASE build the 04 BRONCO concept!!!
      G-man
      • 8 Years Ago
      i wish he'd give up that mullet
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll take a Bronco concept myself! Grassroots campaign!

      As for any analysis of fair compensation, shots can be taken, fair points can be made. It seems a bit 'sour grapes' to say, 'throw the bums out!' 'Back to the gutters for you, capitalist!'

      I would hate to give up that perk. Pretty sweet deal. But which is more offensive? Being paid to idle?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This guy is just LAME!!! He is part of the problem at Ford. HE MUST GO for Ford to survive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Heck for the people that are pissed because Marl used the company plain is not his fault the company included that in his contract with the offers they gave him
      • 8 Years Ago
      He might want to consider living in Detroit and driving back and forth to work. Hey, he could even drive a Ford?

      Nice suit though.
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