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Automotive executive

William Willis Boddie, American automotive executive. Fulbright scholar Paris, 1967-1968; recipient Robert Fletcher prize Winn, Dartmouth College, 1994.


Boddie, William Willis was born on March 23, 1945 in New York City. Son of William Willis and Mary (Delaney) Boddie.


AB, Dartmouth College, 1967. Master of Science, Dartmouth College, 1969. Certified advanced management program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984.


Various engineering positions Rockwell Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh, 1969-1972. With Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, since 1972, executive engineer, 1982-1985, plant manager, 1986-1988, chief engineer, 1988-1990, program manager, 1990-1993, segment director, 1993-1994, engineering director light trucks, since 1995. Chairman Ford of Germany, Cologne, Germany, 1996-1997, vice president small and medium vehicle center Germany, since 1998.


  • Other Work

    • Patentee in field.


President Newport School Parent Teacher Organization, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1982. Vice chairman Gemini district Boy Scouts American, 1986-1987, chairman, 1987-1988, chairman budget committee, member executive board Detroit area council, since 1987, vice president, 1991-1995. President Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, 1987-1994.

Trustee Michigan Theatre Foundation, 1990-1993. Member advisory board Dartmouth College, 1992-1996. Director Verband der Deutschen Automobil-industrie, 1996-1997, Deutsche Bank Advisory Board, since 1997.

Member Detroit Society Engineers, Ann Arbor Darmouth Club (treasurer 1978-1982), Barton Hills Country Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Sailing, skiing.


Married Joan de Milt, January 1, 1970. Children: William, Laurence Brockinton.

William Willis Boddie

Mary (Delaney) Boddie

Joan de Milt

William Boddie

Laurence Brockinton Boddie