Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google Board of Directors

Rumors that former Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally would move to Microsoft proved false, but earlier this month another tech company snapped up the 68-year-old executive. Google revealed this afternoon that Alan Mulally joined the company’s board of directors on the Audit Committee effective July 9.

Alan Mulally served as Ford CEO from 2006 through July 1, 2014, after serving as executive vice president of Boeing from 2001 through 2006. At Ford, Mulally was succeeded as CEO by Mark Fields, who previously held the position of chief operating officer.

“Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. “I am so pleased that Alan is now joining Google’s board.”

When rumors swirled as to whether Alan Mulally would retire from Ford, officials in November 2012 announced that Alan Mulally would remain Ford Motor Company CEO through 2014. However, he actually abdicated the post about six months earlier than expected. Previously, several technology outlets reported Mulally planned to head to Microsoft.

“I am honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives,” Mulally said in a statement. “I look forward to working together with the Google board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision.”

In late 2009, we named Alan Mulally our 2010 Man of the Year for his impressive turnaround job at Ford Motor Company. “Alan Mulally was, and is, worth whatever Ford is paying him, because he has almost single-handedly saved the automaker,” we said. “The company is just beginning to find its way, but with Alan Mulally at the wheel, we’re confident it will soon not simply survive, but prosper.”