By on June 25, 2014

Alan Mullaly

Outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mullaly may be heading out the door, but he does plan to help his successor when needed.

Bloomberg reports Mullaly will act in an advisory role to upcoming CEO Mark Fields, and plans to remain close to Ford for the foreseeable future. Beyond this, the outgoing CEO has held his post-Ford plans close to the vest, though sources claim Mullaly may be lining up a board director or chair position somewhere.

Since his arrival from Boeing in 2006, Mullaly has been credited for turning around Ford’s fortunes, establishing a collaborative environment from senior management down. After losing $30.1 billion from 2006 through 2008, the Blue Oval gained $42.3 billion between 2009 and 2013. On the sales front, its home market saw an 11 percent boost in 2013, thanks to the F-Series, Fusion and Escape, and trounced Toyota in China.

As for what Mullaly sees Fields’ Ford accomplishing, he sees the company tackling economic development, congestion and pollution:

We’re going to continue to see a very large migration into the larger cities worldwide. Personal mobility and integrated transportations [sic] systems, I think that’s going to continue to be very, very important. And Ford, as a transportation technology company, has such a great opportunity to serve in that way.

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56 Comments on “Mullaly Sticking Close To Ford Upon Stepping Down...”


  • avatar

    Get those old fossils out of Ford/Lincoln and put some young blood in there who actually understands the American market.

  • avatar
    Pinzgauer

    I was somewhere in the crowd in the background when that picture was being taken.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      You should have held up your “TTAC Commenter” sign so we could spot you.

      What?? You don’t have one?

      EVERYBODY commenting here should have one. Print one out on your computer TODAY.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Mullaly has done an amazing job except for: Lincoln, MyFordTouch, and the MPG errors on the hybrids.

    Oh, and why after 2 years on the market has the Fusion not been introduced in Europe as the new Mondeo yet? Whats the holdup there? It’s already been shown there as the new Mondeo a long time ago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mondeo

    • 0 avatar
      Loki

      Because the factory where the old Mondeo (Genk, Belgium), is being closed down by the end of this year. It has taken awhile to ramp up and retool at the new factory in Valencia, Spain. The new Mondeo should be going on sale later this year.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      An unalloyed success?

      M’s first act was the 500>Taurus. -Making a flop into a bigger, more expensive flop.

      Sure he euthanized Mercury but now Lincoln is Mercury w/ probably the same fate.

      Oh, and Ford is still a pickup truck dependent company.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Didn’t he also sell off PAG and prevent the company from entering bankrputcy?

      • 0 avatar
        hreardon

        Mullaly’s greatest accomplishment was changing the corporate culture at Ford and placing more power (and faith) with the product teams. He reduced Ford’s historical tendency to allow finance to ride roughshod over the rest of the company.

        Product is, arguably, better now than it ever has been. Yes, Ford MyTouch was a mistake, the new Taurus/500 completely failed to do anything in the market and Lincoln is still a trainwreck.

        That being said, he saved The Blue Oval, refocused the entire company on building global products and has set the company up for great success. I am far from being a Ford fanboy, but damn if Mullaly doesn’t deserve the respect given to him.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        He may have turned the 500 into the Taurus, but he also turned the Freestyle into the Explorer. I may really like the Taurus X/Freestyle, but damn they move Explorer units.

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        Correct. Globally it has a very limited portfolio. Still out of the ailing US Automobile Companies it is doing much better than GM.

    • 0 avatar
      Ralph ShpoilShport

      Ummm…even though the article above spelled his name “Mullaly”, googling sends me to lots of stuff that has it “Mulally”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Mulally

      (notice the reference at the top of the wiki page “For the English cricketer, see Alan Mullally”)

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    He’s staying on with Ford as an advisor? Maybe he likes what Ford has coming in the pipeline. Or he’s waiting for Bill Ford to clear a director spot on the board, or even step down as Chairman.

  • avatar
    scwmcan

    No more likely he wants to keep the money coming ( not that he needs it after how much he has made from ford already). consulting will probably pay even better than what he has been making.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Similar to various former presidents, VPs, and other politicians going on a speaking tour…a former prez can make their yearly salary on about 4 engagements.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        I can’t recall any ex-prez other than Clinton who has acted that way.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          That says more about your memory than anything.

          What’s interesting is that Bill Clinton often speaks alongside one of the Bush ex=presidents – H.W., with whom he has developed a friendship, and even W.

          • 0 avatar
            thornmark

            Actually, your memory is faulty.

            No ex-prez has come in any way close to selling his ex-presidency the way Clinton has.

            Clinton has cashed in bigtime, easily more than all ex’s combined.

            Clinton is the first exprez as legal influence peddler. No exprez has come close to earning the fortune Clinton has, largely giving speeches few actually want to hear.

            And then there’s this little matter:
            http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/14/us/politics/unease-at-clinton-foundation-over-finances-and-ambitions.html?hp&pagewanted=all&_r=0

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Gee, did Clinton earn more than Reagan on the lecture circuit? Sure, but then he also wasn’t senile and near death when his term ended.

            Did Clinton out-earn Nixon? Yes, but mostly because he wasn’t forced out for being a crook.

            Did Clinton out-earn one-termer H.W. and partial-termer Ford? Yes, because demand is out there to hear Clinton speak.

            Why so down on the free market, thornmark?

        • 0 avatar
          pragmatic

          From a 2009 Seattlepi.com article.

          George Bush (senior) gets $150K per speech.

          Ronald Reagan got $2 million to give 2 speeches in Japan

          Bill Clinton got $6M in 2008

          Rudy Giuliani took in $11M in the two years after 9/11.

          Harry Truman turned down all offers even though his pension was very small and he could use the money because it would be undignified.

          http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2009/03/02/bush-speaking-fee-150000-a-pop/

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    So complete incompetence is only a phone call away.

    Ford is screwed.

    • 0 avatar
      hreardon

      Care to elaborate?

      • 0 avatar
        Z71_Silvy

        Numerous recalls and low quality vehicles, One Ford, the dishonesty that was rampant, the mindset that your customers should be their beta testers, etc.

        Ford hasn’t changed one bit under him. Good riddance.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          If you compare Ford today to when Mullaly first arrived, revenues are stronger, profitability, product line, distribution, brand and quality are all up. Most importantly the stock price is up, with no need for Chapter 11. He even had the stones to green light aluminum for Ford’s most important product.

          A winner by every meaningful criteria, and could have had the Microsoft CEO position if he wanted it.

          Z71, You are basically saying that Michael Jordan was a lousy basketball player because he didn’t have as much hair as other players.

          Let’s move on.

          • 0 avatar
            Z71_Silvy

            Profitability on the back of low quality vehicles. How many times did it take him to fix the 1.6? 7 or possibly more??

            Stock price has been flat…sure it’s gone up since Obama’s recession but so did the entire market. That’s not because of Big Al.

            He’s been a cancer on this company.

          • 0 avatar
            Dave M.

            Z71 is all butt-hurt because Mullaly steered Ford away from bankruptcy and towards profit.

            Where, without a ‘do-over’, GM and FCM would not be at this time. And the way things are going for GM, they’re turning into the Mitsubishi of this decade…slowly slipping into irrelevance except for folks who shop price only.

  • avatar
    Timothy

    Not really understanding the hatred toward Mullaly. The man did some truly amazing things at Ford. Was there mis-steps? Absolutely. That’s the name of the game.

    Also, lets stop with the constant criticism of MFT. Yes, the first iteration blew chunks. It’s bugs, and lack of responsiveness were well documented. Ever since the latest update however (Gen2 -V3.6.2) those criticisms are null and void.

    • 0 avatar
      Timothy

      Full disclosure, I am a in love with my ST… but am objective enough to criticize when warranted.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      “Ever since the latest update however (Gen2 -V3.6.2) those criticisms are null and void.”

      Thank you. I have owned my C-Max since October of 2012. MFT has not had one issue since I took delivery. I did have MFT issues on a 2011 Explorer and 2012 Focus. My wife’s only complaint about the Lincoln she drives daily is that it doesn’t have MFT (its a 2010, so MFT/MLT was not rolled out yet).

  • avatar
    cpthaddock

    The MFT hate is old, tired and just a lazy cliche. These days any reference to the early issues with MFT must be balanced with recognition for Ford steping out so far in front of the mainstream competition which has only recently started to catch up.

    As for Mr. Mullaly’s success, I give him credit for turning Ford into a company which makes some products that I not only find interesting but am prepared to give serious consideration to spending money on. Work on the dealer network side of things wouldn’t hurt one little bit though.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      “The MFT Sync hate is old, tired and just a lazy cliche.”

      Fixed it. MFT hate is alive, well, and probably in better shape than the both of us.

    • 0 avatar
      davefromcalgary

      Ford may have figured out MFT’s operational issues (kudos to them for that), but I maintain that it is still fair to dislike an all/mostly touch screen/haptic button interface, regardless of how slick the software is.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        That is fair. I will agree. The best part about the new Ford/Lincoln products with MFT is that you barely have to use the touch screen.

        I had an MKC for awhile, and I only used the touch screen to toggle between menus (like nav and media) and set my radio presets. Everything else can be done with physical buttons or knobs on the dash or wheel.

        I like having the 8″ touchscreen available for maps and certain displays. I like having buttons too.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    From the living hell someone close to me went through with Ford with their 2010 Ford Fusion being in the shop for 2 months straight when it was less than 3 years old, I don’t think he is a very good CEO and Ford a very good company at all. Is he better than GM management? Yes, but so is a boiled turnip. Unless you are buying for cachet (Germans or Italians) stick to Japanese and never have to worry, and stay the hell away from American cars period.

    • 0 avatar
      1967mgb

      As the (58 year-old) owner of an ’07 Civic Si, I get it…but as a salesperson at a national auto parts chain, I have stories I should tell. It’s raining and this guy shows up and needs wiper blades. He’s dressed in a long-sleeved shirt and dress pants-not pleats- and I go out with him to his car to install them. It’s an 04 Chevrolet Impala in beautiful condition and has 260,000 miles on it. So says he, nothing but batteries, brakes, tires- nothing major. No A/C, drivetrain; nothing. He tells me it’s the best car he has ever owned… Later an older woman in her sixties shows up in her ’06 Freestyle for the same reason. Over 120,000 miles and nothing but a battery and one set of tires. Loves it…

      • 0 avatar
        VenomV12

        2 nice stories don’t make up for the hundreds of thousands of horror stories. The evidence clearly is that American cars are terrible. The trucks tend to be better because that is their bread and butter, but everything else is just terrible. Even so in the South I am noticing a lot of people switching to Toyota trucks, a lot.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Ahhhh… anecdotal opinions are always tasty with a little hot sauce on them. To bad they smell like ass though.

  • avatar
    1967mgb

    Congressman:”Mr.Mullaly, are you willing to work for a one dollar a year salary?”

    Mr. Mullaly:” No, I’m good.”

    Says it all…Classic.

    • 0 avatar
      dwford

      Yes, he wasn’t there begging for money like the other 2 were. He was just there to ensure GM and Chrysler got their money so Ford’s suppliers didn’t go bankrupt and force Ford to go bankrupt too.

      • 0 avatar
        1967mgb

        …I never even thought about that. Now that’s a CEO…

      • 0 avatar
        Z71_Silvy

        So he talks out of both sides of his mouth…got it.

        And Ford did take $5.9 BILLION of tax payer money….which was nothing more than a bailout by a different name.

        • 0 avatar
          dwford

          That was a loan program created before the bailouts and open to all automakers with qualifying projects. Not part of the bailouts.

          • 0 avatar
            Z71_Silvy

            So you don’t think that the Government giving Ford $5.9 BILLION to develop “efficient” vehicles (when all Ford developed was pencil-whipped figures) didn’t allow funds to be spent else ware (like, to keep the lights on???)

            https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/point-of-order-ford-has-taken-federal-money/

        • 0 avatar
          1967mgb

          Thank you. More facts that he’s da’ Man! …And not just take the money, but keep your job and salary with bonuses. Wagner? Who? You got a problem wit how the gubmit is spendin yo money, you might want to talk to yo’ duly-elected- representatives. Hell, next thing you know, He is going to take Ford back to Le Mans as a hobby and win. Again. Unlike GM..Ever.

        • 0 avatar
          Ralph ShpoilShport

          So, Silvy. Got a closet in your house lined with pics of him with the face cut out? Burning candles?

    • 0 avatar
      Steve-O

      Mullaly was absolutely justified to take that position. He was hired to save a company and was compensated for it, fair and square. No need to humor some grandstanding Congressman when it was clear that GM and Chrysler were the ones with their hand out…

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    @hreardon hit the nail on the head. Mullaly changed the corporate culture at Ford which is never an easy task.
    Look at all of the problems GM is currently having as an example of an entrenched culture.

    Blaming Mullaly for MyTouch and MPG errors is a long stretch.

    @Z71_Silvy – keep blabbing on. The more you say, the less we have to.

    • 0 avatar
      Z71_Silvy

      You’re right….once the truth is stated, there is nothing more to say.

      • 0 avatar
        hreardon

        Z71, I, like some others around here, don’t understand your stance. Pulling a company back from the abyss is no small feat.

        If you’ve spent any time studying the American automakers you’d realize that the even bigger task, reforming corporate culture, can be next to impossible in massive organizations like the Big 3.

        Credit to Bill Ford for recognizing that he wasn’t the man to save the company, and credit to Mulally for putting together the team and coaching them to help deliver. Ford’s financial situation was dire and they needed cash to implement their turnaround. Mulally helped streamline operations, re-emphasized product and engineering, convinced the banks to pony up the cash and went before Congress to be the fall guy for 30 years of incompetence that he had no part of.

        Of course there were swings and misses and of course it’s all a work in progress. You don’t turn a ship that large overnight but the takeaway that I keep hammering (and will continue to hammer because it is so important) is that his major contribution has been in stripping Ford of its traditional hierarchy and group think. Corporate Culture is not just some HR bologna, it’s the life blood of good innovative companies. When it is stifling, you (as a company) make bad decisions and scare away and demoralize good employees. When it is empowering you get amazing results.

        Say what you want about Mulally’s missteps, at the end of the day the plusses far outweigh the minuses.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @Z71_Silvy “You’re right….once the truth is stated, there is nothing more to say.”

        I’m not surprised that you missed my point.

        There is an extremely famous quote that my comment was referring to:

        “Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt.”

  • avatar
    Dimwit

    It’s clear that Ford wants the world to understand that the man with the Golden Touch is still around and available. They don’t want the stock to tank when Fields takes the reins next month. I still think it will but will bounce back once no disasters appear.

    Having all that drama at GM has been a godsend for Ford.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Good to see that only one person knows how to spell Mulally’s name, and it sure isn’t the poster.

    MULALLY.

  • avatar
    jimmyy

    Clearly Mullay was in the right spot at the right time. The entire domestic auto industry was bailed out by the government, including Ford. The bailout of the entire economy is still ongoing … QE. With all this easy money, every auto company in the world is flashing financials similar to Ford. Ford is not doing any better or worse than the rest of the industry. So, Mullay may have helped Ford, but any decent manager in his slot would have seen similar financial results and would have been called a hero in metro Detroit.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    @hreardon – logic is lost on someone like Z71_Silvy. I don’t see him criticizing GM on any of the recall threads.

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