Former Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally – predecessor to Mark Fields – will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame this July. Mulally, now 70, was CEO of Boeing Commerical Airplanes before leading Ford through the 2008-’09 financial crisis, and today serves on the board of directors at Google.
Automotive News reports that Mr. Alan Mulally will be officially inducted on July 21st at Detroit’s Cobo Center, alongside consumer activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Carl Benz’s wife and business partner Bertha Benz (now deceased), and engineer Roy Lunn, who is widely considered to be the grandfather of the Ford GT40.
Alan Mulally has been praised for his leadership through the financial crisis of the last decade, with the Automotive Hall of Fame crediting him with one of the “greatest turnarounds in American business,” and lauding his bold decision to approve the current, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150. Ford was the only one of Detroit’s Big Three automakers not to require a government bailout in the 2000s.
“Mulally guided the Ford team in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation of the One Ford plan to successfully guide the company through the U.S. financial crisis and restore Ford’s status as one of the world’s leading automakers,” said the Automotive Hall of Fame in a statement.