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Ernest R. Breech (1897–1978) was an American corporate executive. Although he is best remembered for his work in revitalizing Ford Motor Company in the years following World War II, he served similar roles at Trans World Airlines and other companies.

Breech was drafted by the St. Louis Browns but opted to attend Drury College (Drury University) instead. Breech was a founding member of Phi Alpha Sigma, later Theta Kappa Nu fraternity (now Lambda Chi Alpha).

Breech dropped out of college, later taking correspondence courses before taking his Certified Public Accountant exam. Breech worked for the Checker Cab Company, General Motors, and Bendix Aviation before being persuaded by Henry Ford II to come aboard at Ford.

Breech served as Ford Motor Company's chairman. Then in 1960, he was a member of the three-person trust overseeing Trans World Airlines' jet financing plan.[1]

He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1979.[2]

The Breech School of Business at Drury University is named in his honor due to his donation. Breech was a 33rd degree Freemason. His induction to that degree was highlighted in the October 8, 1956 issue of Life magazine.

A Great Lakes freighter acquired by the Ford Motor Co.'s dedicated fleet was renamed in his honor until the ship's sale in 1988. As of 2017, that freighter sailed for Lower Lakes Transportation as the Ojibway."Ojibway".


  1. ^ Rummel, Robert (1991). Howard Hughes and TWA. Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 372. ISBN 9781560980179.
  2. ^ "Ernest R. Breech". Hall of Fame Inductees. Automotive Hall of Fame. 1979. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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Business positions
Preceded by
Henry Ford II
Executive Vice-President of Ford Motor Company
Succeeded by
Lewis Crusoe
Preceded by
Henry Ford
Chairman of Ford Motor Company
Succeeded by
Henry Ford II