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Mulally Not Leaving Ford for Microsoft

CEO staying until at least late 2014.

by on Jan.07, 2014

Ford CEO Alan Mulally at the debut of the 2015 Mustang.

Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally has broken his silence and quashed rampant rumors suggesting he would leave the suburban Detroit automaker for a job as the next chief executive of software giant Microsoft.

Mulally, a former Boeing executive, has been widely credited with turning around Ford during his seven years in Motown, and it had been suggested that he could lend his organizational skills to Microsoft following the retirement of CEO of Steve Ballmer who last year announced plans to step down no later than August 2014.

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Until now, Mulally had avoided directly commenting on the rumors that he was a primary candidate for the Seattle job, but the Ford board of directors was said to be increasingly concerned about the potential distraction the headlines were creating, both for Mulally and for the automaker itself.

“I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford,” Mulally said in an interview with the Associated Press. Asked directly whether this meant he was going to remain at Ford, Mulally added that, “You don’t have to worry about me leaving.”


Is He or Isn’t He? Ford’s Mulally Sends Mixed Signals About Microsoft CEO Job.

“No change in my plan,” says Mulally – but he also declines to rule out a move.

by on Dec.06, 2013

Ford CEO Alan Mulally at the New York debut of the new 2015 Mustang.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally appears to be sending some very mixed signals when it comes to the ongoing rumors about his candidacy to become the next chief executive officer at Seattle-based Microsoft – but the software giant’s stock slumped when Mulally indicated there will be “no change” to his previously announced plan to stay on with Ford until at least the end of next year.

The former Boeing executive has been the center of rumors swirling around Microsoft’s need to find a successor to Steve Ballmer, the controversial current CEO who has said he plans to depart by next August.  While the Microsoft board of directors has acknowledged only that it is looking at a number of candidates, there have been numerous reports that Mulally is the tech firm’s top choice.

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The timing might almost work.  The 68-year-old Mulally has stepped back in terms of handing day-to-day duties over to Mark Fields, a year ago named Ford’s chief operating officer and considered the front-runner to be the automaker’s next chief executive.  After seven years in Detroit, Mulally has publicly stated he plans to stay with Ford until the end of next year, and in an interview on CNBC, he suggested there has been “no change in my plan.”


Mulally Named “CEO of the Year”

"The foresight showed."

by on Jun.28, 2011

Ford boss Alan Mulally is named CEO of the Year.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally has been judged by a jury of his peers – and declared “2011 Chief Executive of the Year.”

Credited with guiding the second-largest of Detroit’s hometown makers to an unexpectedly strong turnaround since joining the company in autumn 2006, Mulally was honored by CEO Magazine, which collected nominations from its 147,000 readers.  The former Boeing executive joins an elite group that previously included former Microsoft boss Bill Gates, GE’s Jack Welch and Southwest Airlines’ Herb Kelleher.

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“The success he showed in the face of incredible difficulty was just extraordinary,” said James Turley, a member of the award selection committee and himself chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young.  “The foresight,” Turley added, “showed.”

Other members of the committee included chief executives from companies including Office Depot and MetLife.