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People & Careers

A Conversation with CEO Alan Mulally on Teamwork, Employee Development and Henry Ford's Vision

Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan MulallyFord Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally

Mulally on Teamwork

Since joining the company in September 2006, Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally and the entire leadership team have been working to guide a team of skilled and motivated professionals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds in the delivery of the ONE Ford plan.

The goal: an organization that works together as "One Ford," to deliver an exciting, viable, profitably-growing Ford Motor Company for the good of all our stakeholders.

Mulally shared some of his thoughts on teamwork, working together, and Henry Ford's original vision.

Mulally says a skilled and motivated team is key to Ford's future. The promise of what can be done by working together involves employees, partners and suppliers.

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Mulally on the Need for Skilled Teams

Mulally talks about one of the most important goals of the global leadership team – creating a vision and strategy that resonates with employees.

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Mulally on Henry Ford's Vision

Mulally talks about a 1925 advertisement he has on his wall from Henry Ford, laying out Ford's drive to "open the highways to all mankind."

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Mulally on Employee Development

Mulally talks about the need to focus on making great products and making sure everyone knows how they fit in. Ford strives to create an environment for employee development and excellence.

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About Alan Mulally

Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan MulallyFord Motor Company President
and CEO Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally is president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company. He also is a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Ford in September 2006, Mulally served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company, and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In that role, he was responsible for all of the company’s commercial airplane programs and related services. Mulally also was a member of the Boeing Executive Council and served as Boeing’s senior executive in the Pacific Northwest.

Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership, including being named "Businessperson of the Year" by the readers of Fortune magazine, "Industry Leader of the Year" by Automotive News magazine, one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine.

Mulally serves on the President's Export Council which was formed in 2010 to advise U.S. President Barack Obama on export enhancement and ways to encourage companies to increase exports and enter new markets. He previously served as co-chairman of the Washington Competitiveness Council, and sat on the advisory boards of NASA, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

Mulally holds bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, and earned a master’s in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan fellow.