Brad Simmons

Director, Office of the Executive Chairman
Ford Motor Company
Class of 1979
Alma Mater:
University of Detroit Mercy

Independent Alum of the Day

Brad Simmons presently serves as Director of Government & Stakeholder Relations for Ford Motor Company.  He previously served as director of the Office of the Executive Chairman (2004-2015), and prior to that time, he served as controller of the Ford Motor Company Fund, produced the Company's first corporate citizenship report, and held various positions within community relations, governmental affairs, and finance. He has been with Ford Motor Company since 1979.

Brad serves as a Board member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Regional Chamber, as well as a number of local non-profit boards including the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, and chairs the boards of the Great Lakes Field Service Council – Boy Scouts of America, Student Leadership Services of Michigan, and the University of Detroit-Mercy College of Business. He also serves on the United Way for Southeast Michigan’s Campaign Cabinet and just finished co-chairing a capital campaign for HAVEN. 

Brad received a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration in 1984, both from the University of Detroit. He is a graduate of both Leadership Detroit and Leadership Michigan. In addition, he was an adjunct lecturer for 15 years in the business school at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.

In his spare time, Brad enjoys biking, tennis and golf, as well as coordinating an annual service camp program for Boy Scouts on Mackinac Island every summer.

My motivation

My motivation is being able to give back. I am able to make a life and a living thanks to UDM's foundation and values.

Next big goal

Continuing to contribute with all the organizations I am involved in, finding a way to give back. This area has always been home, and I want to help influence and mentor the next generation.

Why is choosing your own path important?

Coming from a Catholic high school (Brother Rice), the fit of a school like UDM, their Jesuit educational model, values and Catholic traditions was the best for me. Going to UDM also allowed me to stay near my family, which, at the time was important.

Also, the UDM Co-op program was instrumental in putting me on my career path.

Favorite place on campus

The Chapel & the Business School

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