I guess it can be said with reasonable assurance that Ford’s board has been more active in the media than the man Microsoft is seeking to replace Steve Ballmer as its next CEO.
Alan Mulally, the current Ford chief has been linked with a potential switch to Redmond by a number of sources, and he is clearly said to be the strongest candidate for the position. But now it appears that he is under pressure from his board to make a final decision on his future.
Reuters is reporting, citing unofficial sources, that the American car maker wants to know whether Alan Mulally will stay until late 2014 or not. Ford board members are said to be upset that Mulally is hogging up all the attention, instead of the company’s new products.
A company official was quoted as saying, soon after the launch of the new Mustang model:
“It’s drowning out the rest of the story. People don’t write about Mustang, they don’t write about earnings, they write about Mulally.”
In fact, members of the Ford board will meet later this week to discuss his future. Alan Mulally, while a board member himself, will not attend the meeting. The directors are also thinking about setting up a new meeting next week to discuss any addition details that may come up.
Having said that, it must be mentioned that Ford’s board is rather pleased with what Mulally has achieved at the company, and he could well be allowed to leave if he decides in favor of Redmond.