After a very successful stint at the second largest US carmaker, Alan Mulally finally closed the rumor mill that surrounded him way before he gave up his CEO position at Ford, as he is now signed on to Google Inc’s board of directors.
The technology conglomerate has nailed through a masterfully crafted move a highly seasoned Detroit executive – one that helped save Ford from joining General Motors and Chrysler in bankruptcy back in 2008-2009.
Now, the owner of the biggest search engine in the world and the leader of mobile software – just to name a couple of its greatest achievements – aims to further develop its foray into the automobile industry. Google has two main directions there – it’s mulling its own autonomous car and seeks to implement the Android software through the new Android Auto system.
“Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a blogpost.
The 68-year-old executive, which landed the top job at Ford after a successful Boeing Co run, left its chief executive position at the automaker on July 1, allowing his groomed successor – COO Mark Fields – to follow him on the job six months earlier than anticipated.