• Apr 5, 2010
A new website has cropped up to attempt to lure Ford CEO Alan Mulally back to Seattle. Evidently someone at Boeing is missing the guy's ability to steer a company in the right direction. The recently launched site features a short list of Mulally's achievements since he's taken the tiller at FoMoCo, all spread out on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner background.
We can imagine more than a few souls at the aircraft manufacturer are pining for the good old days. Boeing has seen delay after delay in the launch of its carbon-fiber Dreamliner leviathan, while Ford continues to make its cousins in Detroit look bad. The Blue Oval posted a $2.7 billion net profit last year, snapping the company out of a downward trend three-years in the making. While Mulally certainly didn't carry the company on his own, it's clear he has made some smart decisions during his time at the helm, and now he's become the poster child for Ford's recent successes.

According to Automotive News, BringAlanBack.com isn't associated with either Ford or Boeing, and no one is saying who owns the site at the moment.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like Ford. If they suddenly showed up with a 1.2L turbo diesel engine I would love them. The only problem is if Ford were the first in the US, it would probably bankrupt Chrysler and GM (again, or still, whichever).
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is rather unusual. Mulally's times at Boeing were the dark times. Although the stock was doing okay, the decisions made during those times were the ones that caused the problems that later crashed the stock. Of course, the worldwide economic slowdown also contributed a lot.

      Boeing has made a ton of progress by undoing a lot of Mulally's mistakes, it'd be really strange to take him back now.

      Besides, he's not going to leave Ford. The company is doing well under him and that appears likely to continue, I don't think he'll want to miss out on that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dark times??? Hardly. Mulally was never CEO, how can he be responsible for anything?

        His primary reason for leaving was that after being groomed for the CEO spot the board chose to bring in an outsider when Condit was forced to resign.

        No, Boeing's major problems lie squarely at the feet of the current jackass running Boeing and the former McDonnell people on the board. They ran McDonnell-Douglas into the ground then Boeing bought them out and now they're doing a repeat performance here.

        All that aside I don't really see how Mulally could really improve things, at least in the short-term. Boeing's entire manufacturing strategy on the 787 is proving to be an epic disaster.

        I'm hardly an expert but this is the opinion of someone that's worked there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How can a person who isn't CEO be responsible for things? Heck, I'm not even a VP and I'm responsible for things!

        Mulally is considered to be key in deciding to cut jobs at Boeing and outsource so much 787 work. Some consider him to the be the person most responsible for this, although such opinions are hard to verify. Much of this outsourcing work had to be reversed. Boeing transferred work back in house or bought suppliers. Most importantly, during the time Mulally was there and in charge of the 787 program, the management ignored reports from the managers on the assembly line that the program was not tracking the schedule. Boeing, that is, Mulally's division (Boeing Commercial Aircraft) rolled out the plane in 2007, it was literally a hollow plane and didn't fly until two years later.

        I just can't see a lot of reason to want the guy back. Both Boeing and Ford have done better with Mulally where he is than where he was.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're referring to ALAN Mulally of FoMoCo, correct? If so, they REALLY need to fix their web address.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I stand corrected. Autoblog and/or Automotive News need to fix the web address. D:
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not only did you guys get his name wrong in the first sentence... you also have the wrong URL.

      http://bringbackalan.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't an employee of Boeing, particularly from Seattle. Most of the people I know who work for Boeing are happy "Outsource Everything" Alan has left. Remember that the 787 was supposed to be released before he left, has been a nightmare to integrate the various sections from different suppliers, and current management has been scrambling to try to make it work. While outsourcing major development and production to contractors might make some shareholders happy, it means Boeing employees lose their jobs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Noooo keep him at Ford
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mulally and company are doing a fine job in the land of the Big Blue Oval. I can't say I blame Boeing for wanting him back. (Not too mention a few other companies, including a cross-town rival or two, might be interested in his ideas and input on a few things).
      • 4 Years Ago
      He would be stupid to leave Ford, so I doubt he'd consider it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      About who owns the site, go to http://www.whois.net/ and search for bringbackalan.com to find that the domain name was registered with Tucows. So, go to http://whois.tucows.com/ and search again for bringbackalan.com then you'll see who owns this domain. This guy is selling a diecast Airbus 380 somewhere on the interwebs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      a huge reason I would buy Ford now
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was gonna say the same thing, why would Alan come to Seattle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Boeing is headquartered in Chicago now....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please don't go, Alan! I want my stocks to keep their upward swing! Perhaps all that F I bought last year will buy me a new deck for the house this year!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see a successful CEO who's truly earned his multi-million dollar salary, we need more of these guys running companies.
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