Mulally’s possible entry at Microsoft may distract from Ford’s new models

Article by Anita Panait, on December 19, 2013

Ford chief executive Alan Mulally has been speculated to be one of the possible successors to the top job at Microsoft Corp. However, the speculation is threatening to eclipse Ford’s vehicle introductions and may lead to internal strife among Mulally’s deputies. Ford is planning to introduce 23 vehicles in 2014, which means a very busy year for the company. However, the speculation could become a distraction at a time when Ford needs to focus on “plants, products and people,” according to Michelle Krebs, an analyst for auto researcher Edmunds.com.

She noted that Ford needs to focus on the business as it is launching more products in 2014 than any time in its history. Mulally, Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other company leaders, have been reiterating a 13-month-old plan that called for the current CEO to remain Ford’s top honcho through at least next year.

While the carmaker has established COO Mark Fields as the next CEO, the timing of Mulally’s exit could lead to executive infighting, a source privy with the matter, told Bloomberg. Mulally is renowned for cultivating a more collaborative culture at Ford, which had been plagued by backbiting and dysfunction.

Mulally’s friendly yet firm personal style has helped him turn Ford into a company where executives cooperate to solve each other’s problems, Fields and other Ford executives have said.

While Mulally is considered as one of the possible candidates to become the next CEO of Microsoft, his apparent lack of computer industry background could offset his track record as a successful manager, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Another candidate for the top job at Microsoft, Steve Mollenkopf, was stricken off the list last week after Qualcomm Inc. promoted him as its CEO.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

A few months ago, Mercedes-Benz promised that they will be treating everyone to a “big surprise” during the Monterey Car Week. And true enough, many of us were stunned as...
by - August 19, 2017
McLaren has already shown some interest in electrifying their models. And initially, we thought that they will just use hybrid systems to use across their current lineup. Nevertheless, we have...
by - August 19, 2017
Fifty years after its glorious victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford launches the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition at the 2017 Monterey Car Week. The red...
by - August 18, 2017
Hyundai has recently unveiled an unnamed pre-production model of its new fuel cell SUV. We don’t know what to call this model just yet, but sources say that this model...
by - August 18, 2017
This weekend at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Z4 Concept will make its first public appearance. The good news is that we will finally have a real...
by - August 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries