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Lions Bring In Ford family Advisor Rod Wood as New Team President

The Lions announced Thursday afternoon they’ve hired Rod Wood as their new president, just two weeks after firing Tom Lewand from that position, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

Wood, 55, will report directly to owner Martha Firestone Ford and handle the business side of the operation.

“It was critical to me and my family to fill the president’s position as soon as possible, provided we identified the right person,” Ford said. “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.”

Detroit is still in the primitive stages of its search for a new general manager to replace Martin Mayhew. Sheldon White is currently handling those duties on an interim basis.

Ford said in her statement the club is forming a general manager search advisory board. Martha Firestone Ford will head that committee, along with her four children — Martha Ford Morse, Sheila Ford Hamp, William Clay Ford, Jr. and Elizabeth Ford Kontulis — and Wood.

Detroit is also expected to enlist the help of the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel.

“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,” Wood said in a statement. “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.”

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