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Firestone Ford names Goodrich High School grad Lions team president

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Martha Firestone Ford announced on Thursday Rod Wood, 55, will oversee the business side of the Detroit Lions as the team president.

The Genesee County native has worked with the Lions for the last eight years as president and CEO of Ford Estates.

“It was critical to me and my family to fill the President’s position as soon as possible, provided we identified the right person. I am confident Rod is the right person. I also believe Rod’s appointment now gives us the ability to move more decisively with respect to our search for a general manager.”

Wood graduated from Goodrich High School and earned a undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

In a statement, Wood said:

“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.”

Along with this announcement, the organization has established an advisory board for the team's general manager search.

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