Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally said he intends to stay as head of the second-biggest U.S. carmaker through next year, following reports that Microsoft Corp. may seek to recruit him.
“I plan to continue to serve as Ford’s president and CEO until at least the end of 2014,” to remain “absolutely laser focused” on earnings growth, Mulally wrote in an e-mail to Bloomberg News. “I love serving Ford and will continue serving Ford,” Mulally said in an interview from Berlin with Anna Edwards on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.”
Mulally, 68, has been talked about as a possible interim CEO at Seattle-based Microsoft, AllThingsD reported Sept. 2. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 57, said on Aug. 23 that he plans to step down in the next 12 months, kicking off a debate about his possible successor.
Mulally, who previously ran Boeing Co.’s commercial- aircraft unit, joined Ford in September 2006 and led the automaker through the global credit crunch following the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapse without tapping government money. He’s in Berlin at the IFA technology show to present the S-Max sport-utility vehicle prototype that features new connectivity technologies including voice-control smartphone applications and a heart-rate monitoring seat.
Ford has a partnership with Microsoft to develop the car manufacturer’s Sync system that integrates the mobile devices into the car and connects the vehicle to the Internet.
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