Alan Mulally, center, President and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, gestures as he prepares to ring the New York Stock Exchange opening bell, Tuesday, June 7, 2011.
Alan Mulally is joining a tech company, after all — just not the one many thought he would.
Mulally, the 68 year-old former president and CEO of Ford, has been appointed to Google's board of directors, the search giant announced late Tuesday.
“Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience,” Larry Page, CEO and cofounder of Google, said in a statement. “I am so pleased that Alan is now joining Google’s board!”
Mulally ran Ford from 2006 until June of this year when he retired. He is credited with steering the company's turnaround. His name was frequently listed among the top contenders to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft, but he publicly took himself out of consideration in January.
“I am honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives,” Mulally said in a statement Tuesday. “I look forward to working together with the Google board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision.”
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