BY GERRY MILES
Sure we all knew the new Ford Mustang was being rolled out but the real news of the day was the marque’s CEO, Alan Mulally quashed rumors he was leaving to lead Microsoft out of its foundering ways with CEO Steve Ballmer’s departure.
Mulally is widely credited with turning Ford Motor around and not taking a government bailout or assistance from any other entity. The former leader of Boeing, Mulally joined Ford in 2006 after being wooed by Bill Ford. Mulally, 68, is known for being forthright, down to earth, honest, respectful, and carries the characteristics one finds in his neighbors but retains that earnestnest in the board room.
One of Mulally’s first moves in Dearborn was to save the vaunted Taurus name by bringing it out of mothballs and scuttling the Ford 500 it had morphed in to. Astounded that one of Ford’s most recognizable brand names and product had gone through several revolutions, he restored it, saved it and it is again a strong vehicle today.
Culture within the walls at Dearborn was also changed so that meeting were open, honest, changes and projects tracked and feedback was honest and forthright. From all accounts and first-hand reports, he put things back on track, held people and projects accountable while making the company more successful, leaner, profitable while growing sales.
With the momentum returning to the automotive industry, it’s good and will be curious to see if Mulally will indeed stay put as he said that his only interest is to serve at Ford..at least through 2014.