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World Business Forum New York 2016: Be Beta - WOBI
World Business Forum New York 2016: Be Beta - WOBI

Alan Mulally

Former CEO of Ford Motor Company

Alan Mulally

Cultural Transformation

One of the most respected business leaders of our age, Alan Mulally served as president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company from 2006 to 2014.  In the process he led the company on a transformational journey from the brink of bankruptcy to its current position as one of the world’s leading automakers. He guided the Ford team in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation of the “One Ford” plan to drive sustained profitable growth.

When Mulally took over as CEO at Ford in 2006 the company was going through the worst year in its history.  It was the most financially troubled of the U.S. automakers, eventually losing $12.7 billion, and expected to file for bankruptcy.  By 2013 the picture could not have been more different.  Under Mulally’s guidance, the company would earn $7.2 billion, recapture its position as the number two automaker in the U.S. and gain more U.S. market share than any other.

By the time he left Ford in 2014, Mulally had been named No. 3 on Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list, one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine, and “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine.  Prior to joining Ford, 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.

“When people feel accountable and included, it is more fun. It is just more rewarding to do things in a supportive environment.”

“It is important to create a safe environment for people to have an honest dialogue, especially when things go wrong.”

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