Ford CEO Alan Mulally has less than a week left in his role of leading the Blue Oval before he hands off duties to Mark Fields on July 1. It doesn't look like Mulally is going to be shuffling off into his retirement anytime soon, though. The 68-year-old is being rather secretive about his next move, but he tells Bloomberg in a recent interview that he plans to stay close to Ford. Also, if Fields wants to ask for any advice, Mulally is happy to help.

Mulally took over at Ford in 2006 and led the company through a seriously rough patch in the auto industry. According to Bloomberg, he became famous or his Thursday meetings where executives were forced to deal with any problems before they could leave. Since announcing his retirement from Ford in May, Mulally has been insuring a smooth transition of power by traveling the world to all of company's major locations and saying goodbye to employees and dealers.

In terms of the future at Ford, Mulally doesn't predict any big changes in management style because the rest of the executive team is staying in place. He believes that Fields is going to maintain the processes already in place to keep things going. After all, it seems to be working. The company is predicting a return to profitability in Europe next year and is opening 88 new dealers in China. If the business could get its recalls under control, things could get even better.

Mulally is clearly a canny interview subject, though. Bloomberg attempts to pin him down about what's next, but the CEO refuses to even hint at anything. He's rumored to become the chairman of the board or a board director at another company, but with Mulally's track record, anything's possible. Scroll down to watch a portion the interview and see if you think he has something up his sleeve.


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      That Guy
      • 6 Months Ago
      So Marky Mark, incompetance is only a phone call away!
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Good that he will still be around at Ford if needed.He is a genius.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 6 Months Ago
      He has been an absolutely amazing and effective leader. I still don't understand why he is retiring. It seems to be that he is at the top of his game. 68 is not all that old in this day and age. Warren Buffet is 83 and he's not retiring yet.
        SquareFour
        • 6 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Maybe he's got nothing left to prove and he's just simply finished with it. The guy is certainly rich enough, so money isn't a concern, and I'm sure he's fulfilled career-wise, having turned around two major corporations.
          Street King
          • 6 Months Ago
          @SquareFour
          This ^ the challenge was accepted and now its just babysitting and administration (BOOOOORING). Been there (on a smaller scale) but he's bouncing because "his work is done"
      alstonc
      • 6 Months Ago
      I think he may become board of directors for Lincoln.
      FordGo
      • 6 Months Ago
      What Possible Advice could Mulally give? How to make Ford "Quality" Drop Faster? How to lie Bigger about MPG?
      Ryan
      • 6 Months Ago
      Mulally for President 2016
      • 5 Months Ago
      When did Ford hire Bob Saget?
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