By on April 7, 2010

With about $34.4b in debt and a selling rate that’s being propped up by incentives and fleet sales, Ford ain’t out of the woods yet by a long shot. But compared to the ongoing debacles in the RenCen and Auburn Hills, things are looking downright sunny under the sign of the Blue Oval. Most of the credit for that tends to go to CEO Alan Mulally, who left Boeing to assume control at Ford in 2006. There are people who want him gone.

A website called www.bringalanback.com has popped up [via egmcartech] seeking to bring Alan Mulally back to his old company, which suddenly finds itself in need of its own turnaround after several delays of its 787 Dreamliner project. Though its understandable that Boeing insiders would want their old CEO back, Mulally is “REALLY” needed at Ford as well. Surely even they appreciate the importance of having at least one American automaker that generates something other than negative headlines. Sorry guys, but Alan Mulally is the first good thing to happen to Detroit since, well… there you have it. Hands off.

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30 Comments on “New Website Seeks To Utterly Destroy American Car Industry...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    Alan Mulally can do a wheelie on a unicycle and he counted to infinity- twice.

  • avatar
    Dr Strangelove

    Now that’s an easy one – just merge Ford and Boeing. They can celebrate it aboard a Dreamliner – marriage made in heaven.

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    BYE!

    • 0 avatar
      N8iveVA

      what a surprise. That didn’t take long

    • 0 avatar
      Telegraph Road

      Whitacre must get tired of being admonished to “be more like Mulally”.

    • 0 avatar
      Runfromcheney

      Z71: Ok. Alan Mulally is going to leave the profitable company that he leads, where he is well respected by his peers and has near-celebrity status, to go back to the struggling Aerospace company that has oppressed him and jerked him around for years, which made his decision to jump ship and go to Ford so much easier. Yeah, that sounds like a smart decision to me!

      Z71, could you please tell me more about this alternate reality that you live in? I bet in your world, Bruce Springsteen is a manufactured teen pop singer, Hardee’s makes health food and Jersey Shore is educational television.

    • 0 avatar
      Z71_Silvy

      No, he won’t leave. It would be nice…but he won’t.

      I don’t get this misguided admiration for Saint Al. He has done nothing special…in fact, he has done what some of us (including TTAC) have been saying for a very long time.

      But so far, Ford is not doing good because of their products…they are doing good because of irrational resentment towards GM and Chrysler for the C.11 filing and because of the Toyota issues. Their products are still as bland/boring/mediocre as ever.

    • 0 avatar
      Z72_Silvy

      And, GM’s products are no longer boring, bland, nor mediocre. Mulally needs to go back to Boeing to “preserve” his “reputation” at Ford. If he gets out now, he’s safe. Because there’s this big freight train call GM heading toward Ford, and that is one angry laser focused train that no one is going to stop. When they hit Ford, Mulally better not be in charge, lest he be remembered as the last CEO before Ford completely goes under.

    • 0 avatar
      Runfromcheney

      WHAT?!?! If GM is a “laser-focused freight train”, then Kirstie Alley is a pin-up. Are we even talking about the same GM? The GM that wrote off $4.3 billion dollars of losses yesterday, while Ford reported a $2billion profit during the same period? The same GM whose overseas operations are barely still in business while Ford’s is on a roll? The same GM that wouldn’t even still be in business if they wouldn’t have been given a $50 billion dollar bailout by the government? (Sure, I bet you are going to chime in saying that “Ford took government money too!”, but lets remember that Ford wouldn’t have gone out of business if they hadn’t received the DOE loan). Seriously, the only thing GM has going for them is that their products are mostly competitive (As opposed to hopelessly terrible, as they were ten years ago) and that their friends in Washington are sabotaging their competitors for them. Aside from that, GM’s operations, finances and management are still pretty much all over the place.

      I guess I’ll wait for Ford to get totally beaten down by “juggernaut” GM, but I personally believe that Tina Fey will be my prom date before this “beatdown” comes to fruitation.

    • 0 avatar
      Sinistermisterman

      Jeez Silvy. I’m a Ford fan at heart, and I’m guessing so are several other people on this forum… But do you see us all jumping on the ‘Lets continuously bitch about GM bandwagon’? I’m also not completely blind to the numerous failings at Ford over the years, and although optimistic about Ford’s future – I am cautiously so. Likewise, I actually quite like several of GM’s vehicles (Corvette & Camaro mainly).
      But the facts are this; Ford took government money, but is now making a profit and repaying its debt. GM is majority owned by the US government and is losing money. Get over it.

  • avatar
    wsn

    Seriously, just let Ford take over GM, that will benefit the national interest of the US and Canada for certain.

  • avatar
    Verbal

    Mulally led Boeing Commercial during the period when it was cooking up the whole Dreamliner business model. Instead of traditional suppliers, other aerospace companies were brought in as risk-sharing partners, with a vastly higher level of responsibility. The result was that Boeing lost control of the design and manufacturing process.

    He left in ’06 just before things started hitting the fan on the Dreamliner program. Had he stayed, his name would have been closely associated with the ensuing 787 clusterf*ck.

    • 0 avatar
      Runfromcheney

      From what I heard, upper management pressured Mulally into the outsourcing.

      The people doing the real damage to Boeing are the idiots that came in from McDonnell Douglas. They ran MD into the ground, and now they are doing the same to Boeing.

    • 0 avatar
      LennyZ

      Boeing has gone downhill ever since the merger with McDonnell Douglas. Ethics went to hell when those McDonnell Douglas sleaze balls took over.

    • 0 avatar
      CarPerson

      The people doing the real damage to Boeing are the idiots that came in from McDonnell Douglas. They ran MD into the ground, and now they are doing the same to Boeing.

      Runfromcheney, you are clearly from the inside of the aerospace industry.

      McDonnell Douglas bought Boeing with Boeing’s money. Their top layers of management, having destroyed MD, set about destroying Boeing and did a hellofa job trying doing so. Their fingerprints are all over at least a half-dozen major, serious debacles.

      Boeing is slowly righting ship by purging these people but ex-MD people are still a wantonly destructive force within Boeing.

    • 0 avatar
      Runfromcheney

      Definitely. The fact that Mulally managed to save BCA from a 9/11-triggered certain death, even with just about all his superiors working against him, is practically a modern-day miracle. I mean, they oppressed him and jerked him around endlessly at just about every turn. I bet the main reason why they kept him out of the CEO chair was to preserve the McDonnell Douglas Gentleman’s Club that was at the top of Boeing; they knew that Mulally would have eagerly picked up a big aluminum bat and knocked off the heads of every executive that had “McDonnell Douglas” listed on their resume if given the chance. Knowing that he was no more that upper management’s plaything, and with the 787 project going to hell in a handbasket, I bet it was impossible for him to say “no” when Bill Ford Jr came walking into his office with a job offer and a $28 million check.

  • avatar
    Telegraph Road

    Mulally is the first good thing to happen to Detroit since…Donald Eugene Petersen.

  • avatar

    Mulally is celebrated for making Ford merely mediocre as compared to awful GM and Chrysler. He did kind of screw up the dreamliner project, and then left Boeing so he would not look responsible. Fortunately, Boeing is not doing so much outsourcing with future projects. They learned that lesson the hardway.

    Boeing is the world’s best commerical aircraft developer, while Ford is probably the worlds 5th or 6th ranked carmaker.

    • 0 avatar
      NulloModo

      I’ll take the bait…

      According to wikipedia (as accurate or not as it may be) Ford is currently 4th in worldwide sales, behind Toyota, GM, and VW. Considering Mr. Mulally has been focusing on the American market, which is the most important for Ford, and that VW is only a niche player here, we can remove them from the rankings. Also, while GM may sell more cars most months, as seen from previous posts today, they aren’t making any money doing that, while Ford is, so let’s go ahead and bump up another place for that.

      Toyota still has the strongest brand and most profitable sales in the US, but after the fallout finally settles from the SUA scandal that may change. Taking a firm from the verge of bankruptcy to profitability and second place in the world’s most important market is hardly a cakewalk, and leading the development of vehicles that not only challenge but beat the competitors from Toyota is even more impressive.

    • 0 avatar
      porschespeed

      I’ll go along with Mullaly not being the second coming in absolute terms.

      But, given the environment that he walked into, let’s jut say the bar is set rather low.

    • 0 avatar
      Audi-Inni

      Mulally left Boeing because they weren’t going to make him CEO. Having met him while working at an airline, he is what you see. While Ford’s success cannot be entirely credited to one person, he is the type of person who motivates and cuts through the noise to get to the point and he does it with a smile on his face and helping to make you smile in the process. I was really doubtful with his selection to run Ford, but I’m happy to admit I was wrong.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    2008 figures:

    Boeing: $60 Billion, 157k employees

    Ford: $147 Billion, 213k employees.

    Arguably, Ford needs Mr. Mulally more than Boeing does. I’m sure Alan has no interest in returning to Boeing, who really only has one or two primary competitors (Lockheed, Airbus), and whose products and contracts are far more politicized than Ford’s ever will be.

  • avatar
    Bob12

    Ed, just a technical note: Mulally was never CEO of Boeing. He was CEO of BCA, a unit of Boeing.

    • 0 avatar
      tced2

      And, Mulally was passed over for the Boeing CEO spot when Phil Condit (2003) and Harry Stonecipher (2005) were let go.
      I think the chances of Mulally returning to Boeing are slim and none. Bill Ford will print money if necessary to keep him.

  • avatar
    CarPerson

    …he [Al Mulally] is the type of person who motivates and cuts through the noise to get to the point and he does it with a smile on his face and helping to make you smile in the process.

    And we have a winner!

    He walked into a truly horrible situation at Ford where the top four layers of management could best be described as deadwood working feverishly to kill Ford. Instead of showing 100 people the door, which is what everyone else would done, he largely worked with what he inherited and got them to slow down on the rampant stupidity and get onboard with running the corporation professionally.

    A lot of what he has done is nothing more than common business sense but getting it carried out by a building full of wall-to-wall dolts who hate cars and hate the people who buy them is a modern day miracle.


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