Google appoints ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally to its board

16 Jul 2014

Alan Mulally, new member of Google's board of directors

Alan Mulally, the former president and CEO of Ford Motor Company and the man once tipped to be a frontrunner in Microsoft’s search for a new CEO has joined internet search giant Google’s board of directors.

Mulally, whose appointment has been effective since 9 July, will serve on Google’s Audit Committee.

He said he is honoured to serve on the board of “a global iconic company” dedicated 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 said.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said Mulally brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience to the board.

Mulally helmed Ford Motor Company from September 2006 through June 2014. In the same time period, he also served as a member of Ford’s board of directors and on its finance committee.

In November, during Microsoft’s search to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer, ‘people familiar with the matter’ had tipped Mulally as being a frontrunner for the job, along with Microsoft’s now-CEO Satya Nadella.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic