Detroit Lions’ new president: Who is Rod Wood?

Rob Wood (Courtesy Detroit Lions)

DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — Exactly two weeks after a shakeup in their front office, the Detroit Lions have a new team president.

Team owner Martha Firestone Ford announced Thursday that Michigan native Rod Wood will take on the role.

According to the team’s website,  55-year-old Wood has worked closely with the Detroit Lions organization for the past eight years as president and CEO of Ford Estates.

Wood also served as executive vice president of wealth management for Wilmington Trust Company, and as an executive at Comerica Bank.

Wood is a graduate of Goodrich High School and the University of Michigan.

He will work in the Lions’ front office, overseeing the business side of the organization and reporting directly to Ford.

“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,” Ford said in a statement Thursday.

Ford said having Wood in place will allow the franchise to focus on finding its next general manager.

Ford fired Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand on Nov. 5, after a 1-8 start for the Lions this season.

“We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far and believe a change in leadership was necessary,” Ford read from a statement at conference two weeks ago. “Our fans deserve a winning football team and we will do everything possible to make it a reality.”

Ford said the team would keep Coach Jim Caldwell. 

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