Alan Mulally

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Alan Mulally
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Mulally in 2013
Alan Roger Mulally

(1945-08-04) August 4, 1945 (age 75)
Alma materUniversity of Kansas, Lawrence (BS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSM)
Known forFormer President and CEO of Ford Motor Company
Former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Spouse(s)Nicki Mulally

Alan Roger Mulally (born August 4, 1945) is an American engineer, business executive, and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. He retired from Ford Motor Company on July 1, 2014.[2] Ford had been struggling during the late-2000s recession. Mulally made it profitable again. Because of him, Ford was the only American major car manufacturer to avoid a bailout fund given by the government.[3][4] On July 15, 2014, he was chosen to be on the Google Board of Directors.[5]

Mulally was the executive vice president of Boeing and the CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). He started his career with Boeing as an engineer in 1969. He was mostly credited with BCA's simple:wikt:resurgence against Airbus in the mid-2000s.[6] In 2015, Mulally was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.[7]

Early life[change | change source]

Mulally was born in Oakland, California. He was the son of Lauraine Lizette (Clark) and Charles R. Mulally, who met at a USO dance.[8][9] Mulally grew up in his mother's hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. This was where he was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. He considered Rev. Dale Turner "a mentor and an inspiration".[8][10] He used to sit at the front of the church to study the minister's influence on the congregation. Mulally said that he was motivated at the age of 17 by president John F. Kennedy's challenge to send a man to the moon.[11]

Education[change | change source]

Mulally graduated from the University of Kansas. It was also his mother's alma mater.[8] He graduated with Bachelor of Science (1968) and Master of Science (1969) degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He was also a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Alan R. Mulally profile". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  2. Vlasic, Bill (1 May 2014). "A Complete U-Turn". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  3. Schepp, David (2010-10-25). "Ford May See Record Third-Quarter Earnings". Daily Finance. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  4. Mulally, Alan; Rose, Charlie (July 27, 2011). "Alan Mulally-Charlie Rose Interview". Archived from the original on April 11, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  5. "Alan Mulally joins Google's board of directors". CNBC. Reuters. July 15, 2014. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  6. Mecham, Michael; Velocci, Jr., Anthony L. (January 1, 2007). "Alan R. Mulally is AW&ST's Person of the Year". Aviation Week & Space Technology. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  7. Sprekelmeyer, Linda, editor. These We Honor: The International Aerospace Hall of Fame. Donning Co. Publishers, 2006. ISBN 978-1-57864-397-4.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Obituaries: Lauraine Lizette Clark Mulally 1920–2010". Lawrence Journal-World. 2010-08-14. Archived from the original on 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
  9. "Resume:Alan Mulally". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2001-07-01. Archived from the original on September 6, 2005. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
  10. Tu, Janet I. (2006-06-07). "The Rev. Dale Turner dies: "a very gentle guiding hand"". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
  11. "Ford's New Top Gun". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2006-09-18. Archived from the original on March 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
  12. "Ford CEO, KU Alumnus Named Kappa Sigma Man of the Year". University of Kansas School of Engineering. April 22, 2008. Archived from the original on May 30, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2019.

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