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Terence Norman Beckett

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Sir Terence Norman Beckett (1923-2013), KBE, was a British businessman, who was chairman of Ford and later became director-general of the Confederation of British Industry.

1923 December 13th. Born in Walsall.

Educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School

Studied mechanical engineering at Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical college

On 14 July 1945, Beckett was commissioned in the British Army as a second lieutenant of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and given the service number 352178. He saw active service in India and Malaya.

He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 January 1949 and granted the honorary rank of captain.

1950 Joined Ford

He took a BSc in economics at the London School of Economics

1950 Married to Sylvia Asprey (died 2012; one daughter)

1954 Appointed styling manager at Briggs, Ford's body-making subsidiary at Dagenham

c1956 Promoted to head of Ford's product-planning staff and he was probably the biggest single influence on the introduction in 1962 of the Cortina, the single most financially successful mass-produced car in post-war British motoring history

1974-80 Director and chief executive of Ford

1976-80 Chairman

1980-87 Director general, Confederation of British Industry

2013 May 2nd. Died.

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