Alan Mulally has emerged as a hero when it comes to American manufacturing. He came to Ford in 2006 after serving as head of Boeing's commercial aircraft division, streamlined operations, sold off the costly elements of its Premier Automotive Group and saved Ford from having to be bailed out by the federal government like its cross-town rivals Chrysler and General Motors did. But as we reported mere days ago, he's widely expected to step down from the chief executive's office at Ford shortly.

So what's next for one of the most successful executives in the business? Hard to say, but don't expect Mulally to disappear into retirement. Though he didn't ultimately take the top job at Microsoft, industry insiders expect to see him in another influential position – likely as a board director or even chairman of another company. (We say "another company" and not Ford because while Bill Ford may have stepped aside as CEO to bring Mulally on board in the first place, we don't see him giving up his chairmanship of the board also.)

Mulally has likely already lined up his next move, and could either announce what that move will be as soon as Ford confirms Mark Fields as his successor, or could wait awhile. Insiders speculate that he could leverage his transportation and aerospace experience into a position at General Electric or a major airline, his manufacturing expertise to benefit a company like Procter & Gamble or his management skills at a consultancy firm.


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      JayP
      • 8 Months Ago
      Too bad smart people are too smart to enter politics.
      Chip
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm bittersweet about Mullaly's apparently imminent departure from Ford. I know it's inevitable at some point, but I'm fearful that Ford, being Ford after all, will slip back into its former ways.
      carnut0913
      • 8 Months Ago
      another know-nothing article with obvious outcome options.
        cpmanx
        • 7 Months Ago
        @carnut0913
        What, you aren't impressed with the hard-hitting Autoblog reporting style? "Hey, I heard Mulally is leaving Ford and I'll bet he's gonna do something else now."
      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hero? Did he serve a dangerous assignment in Iraq? Did he give up his life for another in the line of duty? Did he wear a Wu-Tang t-shirt at a Snoop Dogg concert?
        Dean Hammond
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        no, he saved Millions of people and suppliers their jobs...he stood and lobbied for both GM and Dodge before congress knowing full well the ramifications if bith companies went "POOF"....
        Indubitably
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        One word for you -- idiot.
        Nicholas
        • 7 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Really!? I'm impressed that somebody who has enough intelligence to read an article can write such a nieve and ignorant series of questions. Look up the definition of 'hero' and then shove a fork up your nose.
        bethany.omalley
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        No. No. No. But yes, he is a hero. He lead a company through failing times and desperate times to save them into a company that cares about it's customers. Does not have to lie or coverup recalls that have caused deaths, and has come out with industry leading technologies and still has maintained sales leadership with the F-Series, Escape, Focus, Fusion, Explorer and Mustang among others.
        RetrogradE
        • 7 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        You guys are all idiots. He saved millions of jobs in Canada, Russia using Federal money--partially funded by my own tax return. ANYONE could've done what Mulally did.
      Brodz
      • 7 Months Ago
      Chrysler could use some direction.
      NewTexian Brewery
      • 7 Months Ago
      "What next for Alan Mulally?" Don't care.
      Justin Shaw
      • 8 Months Ago
      Huge Ford guy, and appreciate his effort in seeing Ford not go under during the recession. That said his son James owes me $200. #RichKidProblems
      diffrunt
      • 7 Months Ago
      http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/07/news/companies/mulally/
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hell, I'd hire him. You can't teach success. He's been through the failures to know what to do and what not to do. He actually learned from his failures and it made him s better leader. Versus, execs that destroy companies and continue the same tradition of failure as an entitlement.
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