Former Ford Boss Alan Mulally Takes Board Position With Google Photo:
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Trevor Collett | Jul, 17 2014 | 0 Comments

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is the newest board member for tech giant Google, after formally leaving his post at the US carmaker on July 1.

The ‘Mulally files’ saw the CEO linked with Microsoft and Google during 2012 and 2013, only for Mulally to reportedly announce he would see out 2014 in the top chair at Ford.

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.

Google recently took to the streets of California in one of its autonomous project cars, before unveiling a second self-driven car of its own design in May.

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