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Donald E. Petersen

Ford Motor Company

1985 - 1989

Automotive & Aerospace

Military ServiceMarines
1980 b. 1926
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Washington
GraduateMBA, Stanford University
Personal
Born-Died1926
BirthplaceMinnesota (MN)
RaceWhite
FatherWhite Collar Worker
Era - 1980

Though he was part of the teams that launched the Ford Thunderbird and Mustang, Petersen's real fame is rooted in his revival of the Ford dynasty in the 1980s. Under Petersen's leadership, Ford grew out of the shadow of GM, redesigning the Thunderbird, and launching the Taurus and Mercury Sable; cars that became symbolic of the American family.