Former Ford Motor Co. Vice Chairman W. Wayne Booker died Oct. 17 at the age of 73.

Booker, who began his career at Ford in 1959 as a cost analyst, was best known for expanding the auto maker’s presence in Asia.

Booker was named a company vice president in 1989 and vice chairman in 1996. He also was in charge of all of Ford’s international automotive operations prior to their integration into Ford Automotive Operations in 1996.

Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. credits Booker with expanding the auto maker’s presence in growing markets.

“He was a driving force in establishing a strong Ford presence in newly developing growth markets around the world, particularly in Asia,” says Bill Ford in a statement. “His leadership, wise counsel and tireless efforts on our behalf were greatly appreciated by everyone who worked with him, and he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Booker’s passing follows the death of another Ford notable, former “Whiz Kid” Ed Lundy, who died Oct. 2.