It looks like everywhere he goes, Ford’s CEO Allan Mullaly first needs to address the rumors of his departure to Microsoft before talking about the automaker’s business. Recently he again reiterated he stays with Ford. For now.
Mulally tried yesterday again to damp down reports he’s preparing to leave the automaker to take the top job at Microsoft. But he also refused to say whether he has spoken to anyone at Microsoft, which may only fuel more speculation.
Mulally’s comment comes two days after another candidate to be Microsoft’s next CEO, Oracle President Mark Hurd, took himself out of the running. “I’m very happy at Oracle; I plan on going nowhere,” Hurd told CNBC on Tuesday morning.
On a conference call to discuss the automaker’s third-quarter earnings, an analyst first asked about the Microsoft reports.
“We have no change to our plan and I love serving Ford and we don’t comment on speculation,” said Mulally, who previously said he would stay at Ford through 2014. He said he is “excited and honored” to serve Ford.
Asked if he might stay at Ford beyond 2015, Mulally repeated the mantra that the plan has not changed. The Ford board of directors did not address the issue publicly at this month’s board meeting.