Ford’s former CEO Alan Mulally was at the helm of the automaker from September 2006 until retiring this past June. Now, a month after his departure, Mulally has landed a position on Google’s board of directors. His move to the technology firm reinforces Google’s plans to launch an autonomous car.
While Mulally will not be in a managerial position, he believes he has a lot to offer. “I am honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is decidated to enhancing our lives. I look forward to working together with the Google board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision.”
Mulally joined Ford after a 37-year career at Boeing and is widely credited with strengthening the Detroit automaker’s product portfolio. With his guidance, Ford was the only one of the Big Three that did not require federal assistance amidst the economic downturn of 2009.
Google CEO Larry Page believes Mulally’s skills will prove to be a great asset to the company. “Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience. I am so pleased that Alan is now joining Google’s board!”
Google hopes to have 100 prototypes testing by the end of the summer of 2014. Detroit-based Roush is also rumored to be in collaboration to aid in autonomous vehicle production.