Mulally: Jet Guy? Car Guy? Winner.

While there are many people who maintain that only a “car guy” can really “get” what a car company needs, it is interesting to note that the preeminent place for car guys past and present, The Automotive Hall of Fame, will be presenting it’s 2009 Industry Leader to Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company.

While there are many people who maintain that only a “car guy” can really “get” what a car company needs, it is interesting to note that the preeminent place for car guys past and present, The Automotive Hall of Fame, will be presenting it’s 2009 Industry Leader to Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company.

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Mulally joined Ford in September, 2006, after a full career at Boeing, which he joined in 1969. This is not to say that one can’t become a car guy in time, but given nearly 40 years with an aircraft company, it seems that it would take a bit of time to get Jet A out of his veins.

The award is presented to the individual “who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the previous year.”

The award will be presented to Mulally at the January 15 meeting of the Detroit Economic Club.

In addition to which, there will be five recipients of the Distinguished Service Citations: John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America; Timothy M. Manganello, Chairman and CEO of BorgWarner Inc.; Rodney O’Neal, CEO and President of Delphi Corporation; Jack Roush, Chairman of the Board of Roush Enterprises, Inc.; and Mary Ann Wright, Vice President and Managing Director of Johnson Control’s Business Accelerator for Advanced Energy Storage Solutions.

Congratulations to one and all.