Stanley A. Seneker, Former Ford CFO, Dies at 81 image

On June 28th Stanley A. Seneker, a former chief financial officer at Ford, died at the age of 81 at his home in Naples, Florida.

Seneker was Ford’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since 1987 until 1994 when he retired. He joined the company back in 1957 on the position of cost analyst at Ford’s San Jose, California, assembly plant. Before becoming CFO, he was executive vice president of Ford Motor Land Development Corp. and president of Ford Motor Credit Co.

’’I didn’t necessarily want to make finance, as such, a career,’’ he told journalist A. J. Davis of Harper’s magazine in 1988. ’’But I thought that finance was a place where one could quickly get an overview of what went on in a company.”

He was also a member of the board of directors of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Archdiocese of Detroit, the United Way and Madonna University. Seneker was born in Bristol, Tennessee, were he grew up on a small farm. He graduated the Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and then he completed an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.