William H. Osborne is president and CEO of Federal Signal Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of a suite of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial and airport customers.
Mr. Osborne, 48, resigned from Ford Motor Company in September 2008 in order to join Federal Signal. He has served in a number of senior-level positions with Ford since 1990, most recently serving as president and chief executive officer of Ford of Australia, where he oversaw the multi-billion dollar Southern Pacific Region and approximately 7,000 full-time employees. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Osborne served as president and chief executive officer of Ford of Canada, one of Canada’s largest companies, with 2007 revenues of approximately $13 billion and approximately 13,000 employees. Under Mr. Osborne’s leadership, Ford of Canada gained market share for the first time after ten years of erosion, sales increased eight percent, and the business recorded record profits.
Prior to joining Ford of Canada, Osborne was Executive Director, Ford Pickup Truck and Commercial Vehicles. In this capacity, he had overall business and product development responsibility for F-Series, Super Duty, Ranger and Econoline and all Commercial Truck products. He assumed this position in December 2003.
Mr. Osborne’s earlier assignments included a variety of roles in product design, development and engineering. He oversaw the development of the widely-acclaimed 2004 F-150 pick-up truck, which received numerous industry rewards and was regarded as the most advanced pick-up truck in the industry. He also served as manufacturing operations manager at Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant, which under his leadership became the V-8 engine plant in North America with the highest productivity. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Osborne held positions at Chrysler and General Motors.
Mr.Osborne was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 27, 1960. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute, a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University.