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.
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.”