Automakers and their executives rarely like to divulge information regarding future goings on, but the board of directors at Ford sound like they're getting a little antsy about chief executive officer Alan Mulally and his plans for 2014.

According to Reuters, as news of Mulally's possible departure to Microsoft continues to swirl, Ford's board is looking to push the affable executive to make a decision about his future sooner rather than later. Apparently, the board is growing concerned that this will-he/won't-he drama may end up distracting the media from covering Ford's other big news events next year – items like the debut of key all-new products like the Mustang and F-150.

So far, the picture for Mulally's eventual successor remains fuzzy, but it's understood that the leading candidate remains the company's chief operating officer, Mark Fields. Just recently, we heard that Mulally will stay until the end of 2014, but a few months ago, Ford seemed open to the idea of him stepping down earlier than that.

Based on the turnaround Mulally has spearheaded at the automaker, we don't imagine Ford's board is particularly anxious to get rid of him, but it does sound like they'd like to firm up their plans sooner rather than later.


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      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are politics in every strata of human existence, & CEO's are noted for playing musical chairs.
      Adamnski
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh God! It's the "Nick Saban to Texas" never ending story. aaaaahhhhh!!! Let the constant speculation continue.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well if you think Sales is THE Only Bar to judge Ford by then he has done a good job. However, Ford ranks LAST of the Big Car Manufacturers in Overall Quality / Reliability ! To me that will catch up to Ford, after all these Fords come in for Repairs & they are not Fixed ! Fusion / Edge / Escape / Fiesta / Explorer / Focus all are at THE BOTTOM Of Their Vehicle Classes for Quality / Reliability ! The Worst Cars By Far ARE ALL FORDS ! Jerky Automatic transmissions / hard highway steering issues / MyFordTouch disaster / Eco Boost Problems Galore & these vehicles where unleashed on the public without reliability Testing Done to Fix the Problems BEFORE Being Released to the Public ! Nice job ? Really, that is what you think ? The unsatisfied customers who bought those Fords will Not Be Coming Back so it makes sense He Leaves While The Bloom Is Still On The Rose !
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        Dunno. The Ford Explorer rentals I get are pretty good. No problems.
        Doug Utz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        I pray for your friends that you don't talk like you type. Holy hell, what did you just try to say?
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Doug Utz
          He makes random words loud like the guy at the local AutoMall.... Monday-Monday-MONDAY!!!! Yeah, its him :)
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am betting he goes to Microsoft as it'll be an easy turn around for him. About 6 months after he goes there you'll see a Windows 9PC debut along with a Windows 9TB and that'll fix the current Windows 8 fiasco. Then he'll tackle whatever else is pressing, market the he11 out of the MS surface business and maybe launch a few others that are being well received by clinics. 4-6 years of that and he'll be retiring like a king.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yay for a woman executive to head Ford.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is strong and back on there feet, I hope he does go to microsoft like the below post, they need a lot of help and he is a great executive for it.
      Dane Grant
      • 1 Year Ago
      He is a good leader for the industry... Ford is back partly because of him...
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alan still probably has fantasies about the 777 (can you blame him though), now with the gen two 777X models in the works I wonder if he stays up at night thinking about it. No matter what he says the aviation geek in him will never leave, the "aircraft inspired" cockpit of the Mustang for example, wonder if Alan had his say in that. Would not surprise me he did excellent work for the 757/767 cockpits, the first all digital cockpits.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Why is that any positive comments retaining to his past accomplishes gets downvoted? I've noticed this. He is one the fathers of the 777 program if you like it or not. It was this one aircraft program that he employed the whole "working together" philosophy developed by Phil Condit that he has brought to Ford and turned it around. The 777 elevated his career, it got him promoted to CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and eventually to Ford.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope he will stay on for a while.
      • 1 Year Ago
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