Google appoints former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to board of directors

Google appoints former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to board of directors

Summary: The just-retired CEO will also serve on the board of director's audit committee.

TOPICS: Google

Google announced it has appointed former Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally to its board of directors, where he will serve on the board's audit committee. 

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Alan Mulally. Image via Ford.

It seems as though Mulally landed the Google gig just as he retired from Ford. He was with Ford from September 2006 through June 2014. During his time there he served as a member of the board of directors of Ford and served on its finance committee throughout his tenure.

In addition to his experience with Ford, Mulally served as co-chair of the Washington Competitiveness Council and sat on the advisory boards of NASA, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute Technology, and the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He's also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering. 

"Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience," Larry Page, CEO of Google, said in a statement. "I am so pleased that Alan is now joining Google's board!"

"I am honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives," Mulally added. "I look forward to working together with the Google board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision."

Topic: Google

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  • MS-fans aren't going to like this one

    Mr. Mulally was a candidate for MS-CEO.

    The article reads like it was taken verbatim from a press release.
    John L. Ries
    • Why would "MS-fans" not like this?

      MS was looking for a CEO, something Alan Mulally didn't want to be anymore based on the fact that he retired from Ford as it's CEO. If he wanted to remain as a CEO, he likely wouldn't have retired, or could have been interested in an offer from MS.

      Instead he sits on the board's audit committee at Google, not as CEO, two entirely different positions.
      • Primarily because...

        ...quite a few MS-fans (including you) appear to regard Google as Public Enemy Number One, if not as an explicitly criminal organization (though it's only a few trolls who shall remain nameless who appear to go as far as the latter).

        I thought Mulally was an interesting candidate, but not a likely one, given his age. I do wish him well in retirement.
        John L. Ries
        • Besides...

          ...if you're on the board, you're on the board, no matter what committee you sit on.
          John L. Ries
          • Not really

            Now you're trying to equate the CEO's position to that of a single board member, simply because there's no baring to what you said - no conspiracies, nothing.

            Just someone that may or may not have been offered MS's CEO job who obviously didn't want to be a CEO anywhere, apparently.
          • The CEO works for the board

            That should have been obvious.
            John L. Ries
        • That's an interesting point of view

          considering your view of MS as Public Enemy Number One yourself. I'm wondering if that point of view is guiding you to try to turn this into something that it really isn't?

          MS had a CEO position open, not an audit committee board position, so....
          • That wouldn't be me

            I don't approve of the way MS does business, but there are many organizations considerably more malevolent than MS is (but we don't usually discuss them on ZDNet). Mostly, I want to be left alone to make my own software choices without MS and its "partners" (vassals) trying to preclude all options but MS-Windows (no, Google doesn't do that; it merely tries to pump its users for all the market-useful data it can; which is part of why I use DuckDuckGo and would drop Android in a moment if I thought there was a better option available; Windows Mobile and iOS wouldn't be among them). And above all, I want to see the position of "dominant vendor" abolished.

            I praise MS on the rare occasions when I think it does the right thing, criticize it on the frequent occasions when I find it appropriate, and try to be constructive in my criticisms. I would like to see an MS that competed strictly on the merits (no tricks; no traps; no exclusive deals; no smear campaigns), but am increasingly pessimistic about that ever happening.
            John L. Ries
    • Not sure if he really was

      That was all over the rumor mill but who knows if he was seriously a candidate. He's 68 years old so probably wouldn't be interested in a new full time gig. A board position makes a lot more sense.
      Buster Friendly
      • Joe Biden was 67 years of age when he became the U.S. Vice President

        Currently, he's halfway through his second term.

        I certainly can't speak for Mr. Mulally, but some individuals in their 60s and 70s enjoy full-time work.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
        • One of the benefits of modern medicine

          And people who stay busy tend to live longer.
          John L. Ries
  • Poll

    Does Alan Mulally dye his hair ?
    Alan Smithie