Early Monday Morning reports started surfacing that Ford CEO, Mark Fields had been terminated amid tensions within the company from falling share prices, among other things. That bit of news was originally announced by Forbes and was picked up by a number of other media outlets. Be that as it may, Ford has now sent out a press release announcing Fields’ elected retirement due to pressures from shareholders over a slumping stock price. Of course, we all know how the story really goes behind closed doors. He was probably given an ultimatum to either step down with a smiling face or be forced out. By electing to retire, he leaves the company on a positive note (if you don’t count those falling share prices) and even got a few kind words from Bill Ford himself.