Alan Mulally – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Alan Mulally

Charles R. Dick Mulally

Lauraine Lizette Clark Mulally [ 1 ]

Alan Roger Mulally (born August 4, 1945) is an American engineer and business executive who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. Ford, which had been struggling during the late-2000s recession. returned to profitability under Mulally and was the only American major car manufacturer to avoid a bailout fund provided by the government. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] Mulally’s achievements at Ford are chronicled in the book, An American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman published in 2012.

Boeing [ edit ]

Mulally led the design team of the first all-digital flight deck in a commercial aircraft, as seen here in the cockpit of the Boeing 767 .

Mulally was hired by Boeing immediately out of college in 1969 as an engineer. He held a number of engineering and program management positions, making contributions to the Boeing 727. 737. 747. 757.

767 and 777 projects. He led the cockpit design team on the 757/767 project. Its revolutionary design featured the first all-digital flight deck in a commercial aircraft, the first two man crew for long range aircraft, and a common type rating for pilots on two different aircraft. He worked on the 777 program first as director of engineering and, from September 1992, as vice-president and general manager. [ 11 ]

He was later named as Vice President of Engineering for the commercial airplane group. He is known and recognized for elevating Phil Condit’s Working Together-philosophy through and beyond the 777-program. In 1994, Mulally was promoted to senior vice president of Airplane Development and was in charge of all airplane development activities, flight test operations, certification, and government technical liaison.

In 1997, Mulally became the president of the Information, Space Defense Systems and senior vice president. [ 12 ] He held this position until 1998 when he was made president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Chief Executive Officer duties were added in 2001. [ 11 ]

Following the forced resignations of Phil Condit in 2003 and Harry Stonecipher in 2005, Mulally was considered one of the leading internal candidates for the CEO position. [ 13 ] When Mulally was passed over in both instances, questions were raised about whether he would remain with the company.

For Mulally’s performance at Boeing, Aviation Week Space Technology named him as person of the year for 2006. [ 5 ]

Ford Motor Company [ edit ]

An automobile has about 10,000 moving parts, right? An airplane has two million, and it has to stay up in the air. (on being asked How are you going to tackle something as complex and unfamiliar as the auto business when we are in such tough financial shape?)

Alan Mulally, 2007 [ 14 ]

Mulally was named the President and CEO of Ford Motor Company on September 5, 2006, succeeding William Clay Ford, Jr.. who remained as Executive Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. [ 15 ] Mulally called his Lexus LS430 the ‘finest car in the world’, just as Ford was about to announce his selection as CEO, making the point that Ford was not then in a leadership position, though he then faced some criticism and switched to driving Ford models. [ 16 ] [ 17 ] William Clay Ford Jr. had been searching for his successor as Ford CEO for some time, with Daimler AG ‘s Dieter Zetsche and Renault /Nissan Motors ‘s Carlos Ghosn both turning down the offer.

One of Mulally’s first decisions at Ford was to bring back the Taurus nameplate. He said that he could not understand why the company previously scrapped the Taurus, which had been one of the company’s best sellers until losing ground in the late 1990s. [ 18 ]

Mulally took over The Way Forward restructuring plan at Ford to turn around its massive losses and declining market share. [ 19 ] Mulally’s cost-cutting initiatives led to the company’s first profitable quarter in two years. [ 20 ] Dividends to shareholders were also suspended. [ 21 ]

In 2006, Mulally led the effort for Ford to borrow US$23.6 billion by mortgaging all of Ford’s assets. Mulally said that he intended to use the money to finance a major overhaul and provide “a cushion to protect for a recession or other unexpected event. [ 22 ] At the time, the loan was interpreted as a sign of desperation, but is now widely credited with stabilizing Ford’s financial position, compared to crosstown rivals General Motors and Chrysler. both of whom had gone bankrupt during the automotive industry crisis of 2008–2009. Ford was the only one of the Detroit Three that did not ask for a government loan. [ 23 ] In May 2009, Ford chairman William Clay Ford, who hired Mulally, said that Alan was the right choice [to be CEO], and it gets more right every day. [ 14 ]

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In 2007, he presided over the sale of Jaguar Cars and Land Rover to Tata Motors. an Indian car and truck manufacturer. Mulally said he had no regrets over the sale, preferring to concentrate on the Ford brand, as then-CEO Jacques Nasser was criticized in 2001 for paying too much attention to new overseas acquisitions while letting the main Ford operations in the US decline. Ford received US$2.3 billion on the sale, considerably below what they paid for it under Nasser and Donald Petersen. However, analysts said that Ford would have gotten much less or may not have found a buyer if they tried to sell it later in 2008, as Jaguar Land Rover sales subsequently plummeted due to high oil prices in the summer, causing Tata to request a bailout from the British government. [ 24 ] Mulally also sold off Aston Martin and Volvo Cars. and reduced Ford’s stake in Mazda. [ 23 ]

In 2008, amid mounting losses during an economic downturn, Ford announced a proposal on December 2, 2008, to cut Mulally’s salary to $1 per year if government loans were received and used by Ford. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] During hearings for government loans to Ford, he and other industry leaders were criticized for flying to Washington, D.C. in corporate jets. During a subsequent meeting, he traveled from Detroit to Washington by a Ford-built hybrid electric vehicle. while selling all but one of the company’s corporate jets. [ 27 ]

In 2008, Mulally earned a total compensation of $13,565,378, which included a base salary of $2,000,000, stock awards of $1,849,241, and option awards of $8,669,747. His total compensation decreased by 37.4% compared to 2007. [ 28 ]

Due to his achievements at Ford, he was included in the 2009 Time 100 list. The entry, written by Steve Ballmer. says, [Mulally] understands the fundamentals of business success as well as any business leader I know. [ 29 ]

In 2011, Mulally was named Person of the Year by the The Financial Times ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards. [ 30 ] He was also named the 2011 CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine. [ 31 ]

In 2012, Mulally was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Kansas for his notable contributions to engineering and the transportation industry. [ 32 ]

On November 1, 2012, Ford announced that Mulally will stay with the company at least through 2014. [ 33 ] It was reported in September 2013 that Mulally may step down earlier than 2014 as he explores other roles. The board would reportedly be sympathetic to this move. [ 34 ]

Management style [ edit ]

Everybody says you can’t make money off small cars. Well, you’d better damn well figure out how to make money because that’s where the world is going.

He lives within three miles of his office at Ford’s global headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. arrives at 5:15 AM every day, and works for twelve hours. He has a meeting with Ford’s executives, called a Business Plan Review every Thursday at 7:00 AM in the Thunderbird Room at Ford Headquarters. [ 14 ] At a town meeting of 100 information technology staffers in February 2007, Mulally said, We have been going out of business for 40 years . and has repeated this message to other employee groups. [ 35 ]

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