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Ford's revolving door: who will replace Mulally by 2010?

The downside to hiring a 61-year-old CEO is that as soon as he finds the executive washroom, it's time to start planning the retirement party. Ford's new CEO Alan Mulally looks young for his age, but that still doesn't change the fact that most CEOs in the auto industry call it quits in their mid-60s, with few lasting much longer according to Automotive News. If that's the case, Ford could be ready for another new CEO by the end of the decade.

Ford asks government for help to modernize U.S. plants

Pitching Ford Motor's "Way Forward" program to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Competitiveness Forum" Wednesday, Ford's president of the Americas Mark Fields asked the federal government for a variety of support to "level the playing field" for domestic automakers in the U.S. market, including incentives for upgrading out-of-date factories.