• Mar 24th 2008 at 11:01AM
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Joe Laymon isn't on the short list of successors for Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and it's unlikely you've ever heard of him, but if you want to get to the top at the Blue Oval, this is the guy you stop by Starbucks for on the way to work. Laymon is in charge of keeping a list of internal candidates ready in the event Mulally retires (or quits, is fired or for some other reason exits his position), which could come as soon as 2011 when he turns 65.

Both President of the the Americas Mark Fields and new marketing chief Jim Farley are on the short list of six execs on which the company is keeping tabs, but some less familiar names are considered, as well. Europe boss Lewis Booth, CFO Don LeClair, Europe COO Stephen Odell, and manufacturing chief Joe Heinrich round out the list of internal CEO candidates that will be given to the Ford board in the event of a Mulally exit. The list isn't static, either, as names are reviewed and added or dropped each year. If the board doesn't like its choices, though, the list is completely worthless and the company will again look outside its hallowed halls for help, just like it did in Mulally's case.

[Source: Automotive News, subs. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      WAIT A MINUTE: Who said Alan M is going ANYWHERE! WTF. Is this ANOTHER media biased report to say "Ummm, Ford doesn't have a leader so don't buy their stuff"? I mean "rendered speculation" is one thing about cars but saying "The CEO of a company might not work their at some point" is a bit of a scare tactic! Anyone else feeling me on this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is this man smiling?
      I guess you would be too with $2 billion more in your pocket and loads of liabilities dumped into the waste basket.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Farley is a really good fit because he has said on many occasions he has always been a Ford guy but a Ford guy with Toyota training.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Farley is good, but will make Ford product follow Toyota styling. I like FIELDS, because he is young & vibrant andis a "Car-Guy".... and look where MAZDA is today; because of Mark Fields!!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Dang y'all.

      I didn't even make the short list.
      And I am only 5'4"!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can understand Farley as a hot name right now, but Mark Fields seems like a really bad idea. Almost as bad a hire as Bob Nardelli.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What FoMoCo needs at the top more than anything is - people with PASSION for great cars!

      This ain't rocket science folks.

      This passion has to be clearly reflected in all Ford products. Only then can this once great American company regain its rightful place in the world of commerce.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please hire me, or hell, pretty much half of the people who post on here. We'll do a better job for a lot cheaper.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, because everyone here understand labor and materials costs, operations managment, six sigma, and marketing.

        Too many people over-simplify how complex it is to manage a huge company like Ford is. I am not saying they do not make it harder on themselves at times but it isn't as simple as "bringing over the European cars" like many think. Alot goes into Mulally's job and it is most likely over my head and many others that THINK they know how to run a multi-billion dollar company staffed with tens of thousands of workers.
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