"I think the best thing that teams can do is have a clear plan on what they're doing and know all the areas that need special attention. And then, importantly, that we found at Ford and also at Boeing was to have every skill at the table. So engineering, manufacturing, communication, public relations -- everyone's there, everybody knows everything and you never know where the help's going to come from to find a solution." -- 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.
Mulally was named Boeing's president of Commercial Airplanes in September 1998.
The responsibility of chief executive officer for the business unit was added in March 2001.
Previously, Mulally served as president of Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems and senior vice president of The Boeing Company. Appointed to that role in February 1997, he was responsible for Boeing's defense, space and government business.
Beginning in 1994, Mulally was senior vice president of Airplane Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, responsible for all airplane development activities, flight test operations, certification and government technical liaison.
Earlier, Mulally served as Boeing's vice president of Engineering, and as vice president and general manager of the 777 program.
Mulally joined Boeing in 1969 and progressed through a number of significant engineering and program-management assignments, including contributions on the 727, 737, 747, 757 and 767 airplanes.
Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership, including being named "Person of the Year" for 2006 by Aviation Week magazine and one of "The Best Leaders of 2005" by BusinessWeek magazine.
Mulally previously served as co-chair 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.
He also served as a past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is a former president of its Foundation. Additionally, Mulally served as a past chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.
Mulally holds bachelor's and master's of science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, and earned a masters in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan fellow.
A native of Kansas, Mulally is a private pilot and enjoys tennis, golf and reading.