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Someone at Boeing wants Mulally back?

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Apr 5th 2010 at 9:29AM

A new website has cropped up to attempt to lure Ford CEO Allan Mulally back to Seattle. Evidently someone at Boeing is missing the guy's ability to steer a company in the right direction. The recently launched site features a short list of Mulally's achievements since he's taken the tiller at FoMoCo, all spread out on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner background.

We can imagine more than a few souls at the aircraft manufacturer are pining for the good old days. Boeing has seen delay after delay in the launch of its carbon-fiber Dreamliner leviathan, while Ford continues to make its cousins in Detroit look bad. The Blue Oval posted a $2.7 billion net profit last year, snapping the company out of a downward trend three-years in the making. While Mulally certainly didn't carry the company on his own, it's clear he has made some smart decisions during his time at the helm, and now he's become the poster child for Ford's recent successes.

According to Automotive News, BringAllanBack.com isn't associated with either Ford or Boeing, and no one is saying who owns the site at the moment.



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Someone in Seattle misses Mulally

Automotive News -- April 5, 2010 - 12:01 am ET

Up in Seattle, they've launched a movement to repossess Alan Mulally. A Web site called bringbackalan.com calls for the return of Ford's CEO to Boeing Co., where Mulally spent 37 years -- his entire career -- before joining Ford in 2006.

Mulally was CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes when Bill Ford lured him to Dearborn. The Web site reads: "Now that he's fixed Ford, let's get Alan Mulally back to Boeing where he's REALLY needed!!!"

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft has had five production schedule delays over two years. The Web site suggests that Mulally, 64, is the man to get the plane off the ground.

The site doesn't identify who is behind the effort to bring back Mulally. There are merely links to articles touting his success at Ford.

Last year Ford ended a three-year run of losses with a net profit of $2.7 billion. Mulally is credited with achieving the turnaround and preventing Ford from having to go hat in hand to the federal government for a bailout.

In 2005 Mulally was a front-runner for the top job at Boeing, but he lost to former General Electric executive James McNerney. Some said Mulally was too close to Boeing's mandatory retirement age of 65. Others said Boeing preferred an outsider after two previous CEOs became embroiled in scandals.

Ford thinks Mulally is just fine where he is.

"We understand how they feel," said Ford spokeswoman Karen Hampton. "But we're looking forward to his leadership at Ford for years to come."

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20100405/OEM02/304059971/-1#ixzz0kEkbnhDJ

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