Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google
Former CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally who retired from this position on July 1, 2014 has joined Google’s board as of July 9, 2014. It was earlier rumored that Mulally would be joining Microsoft but instead he has become the 11th member of Google board.
While Mulally will be on the Google’s audit committee, there are pointers that he has taken this step in view of Google’s endeavours in the autonomous car arena. Google is making great strides into self driving cars, infotainment systems for cars and internet access from drones and satellites. Mulally’s previous experience as former Boeing executive will bring his experience and expertise in both auto and aviation to Google.
Alan Mulally served as President and CEO of Ford Motor Company from September 2006 to June 2014. He was also a member of the board of directors and occupied a position on Ford’s finance committee from September 2006 to June 2014. It was prior to this, from March 2001 to September 2006 that Mulally served as Executive Vice President of Boeing Company and was President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Inc.
Mulally has also served as co-chair at Washington Competitiveness Council, was on the board of NASA, University of Washington and Kansas besides a member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering. Prior to his retirement from Ford he had stated that Microsoft and Google would be the only two companies he would be interested in heading after Ford.