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Lawrence native is named CEO of Ford Motor Co.

Alan Mulally got degrees at Kansas University


Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, center, laughs with M-Pact Inc. President Jim Martin, left, and Douglas County Bank President Ted Haggart before the start of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Spring Luncheon Series. Mulally was the keynote speaker at the luncheon Tuesday at SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, center, laughs with M-Pact Inc. President Jim Martin, left, and Douglas County Bank President Ted Haggart before the start of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Spring Luncheon Series. Mulally was the keynote speaker at the luncheon Tuesday at SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

September 5, 2006

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Alan Mulally makes it home for a variety of business and social events, but admits that "my favorite place to go is to see my mother, and to take her out for lunch to all the great places to eat in Lawrence." Last year he sat for a portrait with his mom, Lauraine Mulally, at the Kansas University Adams Alumni Center, where he brought her to a retirement reception for a friend, Carl Locke, then dean of engineering at KU. The Mulallys will be together again for a luncheon Tuesday.

Alan Mulally makes it home for a variety of business and social events, but admits that "my favorite place to go is to see my mother, and to take her out for lunch to all the great places to eat in Lawrence." Last year he sat for a portrait with his mom, Lauraine Mulally, at the Kansas University Adams Alumni Center, where he brought her to a retirement reception for a friend, Carl Locke, then dean of engineering at KU. The Mulallys will be together again for a luncheon Tuesday.

— Bill Ford is stepping down as chief executive at Ford Motor Co. and the troubled automaker said Tuesday he will be replaced by Alan Mulally, a top executive from the airplane maker Boeing Co.

Bill Ford will remain as chairman of Ford Motor, however.

Mulally, previously executive vice president of Boeing and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has also been named president at Ford. Mulally is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kansas University.

Mulally, 61, was widely praised for being a key architect of the resurgence of Boeing's commercial airplanes unit over the past couple of years. He was a top candidate for the Boeing CEO job last year but the company went outside instead to select aerospace veteran Jim McNerney, then the 3M Co. chief executive.

In announcing Mulally's appointment to Ford employees, Bill Ford said in an e-mail that Ford's turnaround effort "required the additional skills of an executive who has led a major manufacturing enterprise through such challenges before."

Mulally has spent 37 years at Boeing.

Mulally, at the head of that company, was praised as having the second-best executive performance of 2005, according to Business Week magazine.

The magazine included Mulally, the Boeing division's CEO, on its annual list of top-performing executives, ranking him behind only Steve Jobs, who snagged the top spot on the strength of Apple's wildly successful iPod advances. Also appearing on the list, at No. 11, is Gary Forsee, chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel, who led Sprint's $35 billion takeover of Nextel and is steering the company toward wireless technologies; the firm maintains its operational headquarters in Overland Park.

Mulally was lauded for engineering a "remarkable recovery" at Boeing Commercial Airplanes following the 9-11 terror attacks by streamlining production and turning Boeing's "superefficient" 787 Dreamliner into the hottest-selling new jetliner in history.

Earlier this year, he praised his Lawrence education in an interview with the Journal-World.

"Engineering is about creative solutions, balancing many objectives, that there's always a way. And that leads you to learning about working together, because we have great design teams, and opportunities to work in teams, and to do great things - and find a way to get it done - takes the talent of everybody. And, also, to appreciate different perspectives. And maybe the last thing - it could be the first thing - is that, growing up in Kansas and (attending) the University of Kansas it's all about ethics of doing the right thing. And, of course, that's a big part of creating new airplanes."

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Confrontation 8 years, 8 months ago

Does this explain why his mom lives in the low-income housing behind Dillons (6th St.)? Some people really know how to use the system.

compmd 8 years, 8 months ago

I certainly hope Mulally can get Ford back in shape. Also, with companies like Honda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru building aircraft now, and DaimlerChrysler with an air charter service, maybe its time Ford got back into the aviation business. Technology and business has changed a lot since the Trimotor. I can't think of a better man for the job.

Wilbur_Nether 8 years, 8 months ago

Confrontation wrote: "Does this explain why his mom lives in the low-income housing behind Dillons (6th St.)? Some people really know how to use the system." Why is this relevant to the story?

Confrontation 8 years, 8 months ago

It's a character thing. Obviously, this doesn't matter when it comes to hiring for a CEO position. There are people who need this income-restricted housing and the mother of a millionaire is taking up a space.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 8 months ago

"Also, with companies like Honda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru building aircraft now"

I don't about Honda or Mitsubishi, but Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries) was building aircraft before it got into building cars.

Confrontation 8 years, 8 months ago

Actually, I have heard Mrs. Mulally explain her family dynamics, and pride has nothing to do with it.

holygrailale: Put her name and Lawrence KS in google. There you go.

KsTwister 8 years, 8 months ago

Usually we purchase 5-6 new ford trucks every 2 if not 3 years. Due to Ford moving all their manufacturing business to Mexico this large family is now looking to USA automakers with their factories here. The picking is slim but I would rather support an AMERICAN worker first as much as it hurts.

Wilbur_Nether 8 years, 8 months ago

To my inquiry about the relevance of Mrs. Mulally's residential situation, Confrontation replied "Obviously, this doesn't matter when it comes to hiring for a CEO position." holygrailale responded "Sounds like gossip." Ironically enough, it is.

Mrs. Mulally is an adult. Her son is not responsible to support her. She need not defend her living situation to the likes of us. I suspect she didn't ask to be drawn into our conversation. Let her be, says I.

ronwell_dobbs 8 years, 8 months ago

Maybe her son is just a jerk.

When all that is left is to attack, one has shown his weakness.

as_I_live_and_breathe 8 years, 8 months ago

confrontation, Ronwell, If he bought his mom a big ol' mansion, who'd be first in line to slam him for using his obscene salary for that?

The poor rich people can never win....

Confrontation 8 years, 8 months ago

ronwell_dobbs: "When all that is left is to attack, one has shown his weakness."---based on your previous posts, you have shown your weakness.

as_I_live_and_breathe 8 years, 8 months ago

Did you know Maytag also build miltary machines and cars????

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 8 months ago

"Mitsubishi built many of Japan's military aircraft during WWII."

I was thinking the same thing, but I wasn't sure.

compmd 8 years, 8 months ago

Bozo and powershopper, you are both correct. The interesting thing with Subaru now though is that General Motors owned 20% of Fuji Heavy Industries, but recently sold its stake to Toyota. Looks like Ford is one of the few names without aircraft. Lets see if that changes.

gccs14r 8 years, 8 months ago

We don't need aircraft that hop into reverse, roll over, or catch fire.

cms 8 years, 8 months ago

I have known the Mulally family for quite some time, and know them well. I would suggest that people do not make assumptions especially about a kind and considerate family like the Mulallys. We should all be very pleased about Alan's new position; it will be a good thing for Lawrence and the University of Kansas, especially the School of Engineering.

BlueRoom 8 years, 8 months ago

I think its great that a Lawrence High and a KU alum is going on to other challenging endeavors. I wish him the best!

Sigmund 8 years, 8 months ago

Ironic that the new CEO of Ford comes from a town that hates the automobile.

Actually the new Focus's are a very good and reliable car for the money and sells well in petrol and performance concsious Europe. A good review of the Focus ST is here (not sure if there is an American version of the ST).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lLRFn6Pntk&mode=related&search=

And if KU is looking for engineering or business school endowments or corporate money this could also pay big dividends. That is if he can break the death grip of the union that has on both GM and Ford.

By the way, Confrontation I hope your jealousy and envy of the successful makes your life even more miserable than it obviously already is.

Sigmund 8 years, 8 months ago

Marion- I was thinking of doing just that! I don't have your insight but the stock has been really beat up (price of gas, union problems and the like). I'm calling my broker in the morning!

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