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Mulally says he "loves serving Ford"

There's been a lot of talk about Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally possibly becoming Microsoft's new CEO, but Ford's board director says otherwise. 
 
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Director Edsel Ford II said that Mulally would be staying with the automaker through 2014 because the CEO made those intentions clear to the board.
 
“Frankly, he has told us that his plan is to stay with Ford through the end of 2014,” said Ford. 
 
Mulally recently addressed questions about his potential departure for Microsoft and explained why his name is on the list for the software maker's next CEO.
 
“I think that people are looking for leadership, and I can understand that, but I love serving Ford," said Mulally. 
 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is making his exit sometime in the next year, which means the search for a replacement has already begun -- and Alan Mulally has been at the top of that list. 
 
There's a strong push for Mulally because of his expertise with turning Ford around. The No. 2 automaker had struggled during the late-2000s recession, but returned to profitability when Mulally took the reigns in 2006. It was also the only American major car manufacturer to avoid a bailout fund from the government.


Alan Mulally

Before Ford, Mulally worked with Boeing. He started as an engineer with the company back in 1969, and made his way up to executive vice president of Boeing and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). 
 
Aside from Mulally's experience with large American companies and turnarounds, he's close with Microsoft and Ballmer. Ford and Microsoft partnered up for Ford's SYNC system, and in 2009, Mulally delivered a new Ford Fusion directly to Ballmer as celebration of the one-millionth Ford with SYNC. 
 
Also in 2009, Ballmer wrote a profile on Mulally for TIME as part of "The 2009 TIME 100." Ballmer wrote about Mulally's various accomplishments with both Boeing and Ford, and credited him with the survival of the auto industry. 
 
Ballmer even sought the advice of Mulally earlier this year for the restructuring plan for Microsoft. 
 
But it's unclear whether Mulally can take the reigns due to a succession plan at Ford that rolled out last November, where Mulally is expected to remain CEO until at least the end of 2014. 

Source: Bloomberg





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