Title: Senior Project Manager
Company: Celanese Corporation
Location: League City, Texas, United States
Eric J. Ford, Senior Project Manager at Celanese Corporation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in project management.
Since 2019, Mr. Ford has excelled as senior project manager for Celanese, the global technology and specialty materials company, where he oversees 15 simultaneous projects and initiatives across Narrows, Nanjing, Bishop, Clear Lake, and Frankfurt, to accomplish all achievements and expectations on-schedule and inside budget. Additionally, since 2016 he has made an impact as president of strategic management firm EJF Solutions, launching and managing the organization while acting as a trusted advisor and asset for multiple organizations looking for best practices, enhancing efficiency, and cost control. In addition, for eight years he served as project, business and engineering manager for Wood, a zero-emission firm headquartered in Houston.
Mr. Ford earned a Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering in 1991 from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, finishing fourth in his class. In addition, he earned Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the same disciplines. Mr. Ford served his country with 24 years in the United States Coast Guard from 1987 to 2011, during which he prospered in a variety of roles including assistant professor of mechanical engineering with the Academy; a deputy engineer officer overseeing employees responsible for ship maintenance, upkeep, and repair of all electrical, hull, outfitting, and damage control equipment, machinery, and ship structure; unit executive officer; program manager; and from 2007 to 2011, base commanding officer at Galveston, Texas, directing Naval Engineering operations for eight ships, 75 boats, and hundreds of millions of dollars in Facilities Maintenance, Engineering, and Civil Engineering projects as well as multiple departments including base security for over 5000 customers from over 70 units while orchestrating a $10M budget.
Mr. Ford’s inspiration to join the Coast Guard centered around patriotism and the idea of wanting to do something greater than being “a cog in the wheel.” He was determined to do something important and saw the military career path as a way to accomplish it. As a career highlight, he cites his supervision of a project to overhaul and restore a vessel left sinking in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the coming years, Mr. Ford’s intention is to provide the leadership, guidance and strategy to make any established organization much more successful by creating superior internal processes and procedures.
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