ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Detroit Lions Owner and Chairman of the Board Martha Firestone Ford announced today the appointment of Michigan native, Rod Wood, as the team’s new President and the establishment of an Advisory Board for the General Manager search.
Wood, 55, will oversee the business side of the organization and report directly to Mrs. Ford according to a team release.
For the past eight years, Wood has worked closely with the Detroit Lions organization and the Ford Family in his role as President and CEO of Ford Estates.
“I am most pleased to announce Rod Wood as our new Team President,” Mrs. Ford said. “Rod’s familiarity with our organization in his role as President and CEO of Ford Estates and his accomplishments in the business world not only make him an ideal choice as Team President, but will also help ensure a smooth and positive transition for our organization.
“I am humbled and honored to accept this position. Mrs. Ford has made it clear that her goal, and the goal of the Ford Family, is to make the Detroit Lions a championship football team and organization. In my role as team President, I will do everything possible to provide our organization with all the means necessary to succeed on the football field and provide our fans and city with a championship organization both on and off the field.”
Most recently, Wood was hired as President and CEO of Ford Estates in 2007. From 1999 until his appointment at Ford Estates, Wood was Executive Vice President of Wealth Management for the Wilmington Trust Company in Wilmington, Del., a $400 million operation with 17 offices in eight states. Wood directed the company’s entire wealth management business nationally, and he managed the personal trust, financial planning, private banking, investment management, family office services and sales functions for the wealth advisory business of Wilmington Trust.
Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Wood held an executive position with Comerica Bank where he oversaw 12 offices in four states.
Over the years, Wood has been a member on numerous company and non-profit boards.
Wood graduated from Goodrich (Mich.) High School, and he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the ABA Graduate School of Commercial Banking.
Wood and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Allison, and a son, Taylor.