The Ford Motor Company has nominated a pair of fifth-generation descendants of founder Henry Ford to its board, deepening the family’s involvement in the auto maker’s corporate governance.

The company said Alexandra Ford English, 33 years old, and Henry Ford III, 40, will stand for election at Ford’s annual shareholder's meeting in May. Both are great-great-grandchildren of Henry Ford, who founded the company around the turn of the last century. Ms. Ford English is the daughter of current Executive Chairman Bill Ford.

If the two are elected, three of the company’s 14 board seats will be occupied by Ford family members. Currently, there are two descendants of the founder on the board, Mr. Ford and his 72-year-old cousin, Edsel Ford II, who will retire from the board this spring, the company said.

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