By mid-year it was clear that Mulally would be moving elsewhere, and Ford announced executive Mark Fields would take over the top job.
Just eight days after departing from Ford, Mulally has been confirmed as the 11th member of Google’s board (and only the second new member since 2005), working with the board’s audit committee.
Often credited as ‘the man who saved Ford’, Mulally's new appointment is a win for Google - and a blow for rival Microsoft.
Beyond the audit committee, Mulally’s previous experience in both carmaking and aviation (as former Boeing executive), makes him a possible candidate to oversee Google’s autonomous car program.
One person familiar with Google told the Wall Street Journal the company pursued Mulally for several months, and that Mulally himself revealed privately that Google or Microsoft would be the only companies on his list post Ford.
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