December 17, 2013
Keep in mind the world of top CEO’s is an exchanging system and a closed looped process. One CEO transfers to the next seat. The game is akin to playing chess where the players are on the board where many of the moves are anticipated. Consider the “Mulally Microsoft Candidacy Robs Limelight From Ford Cars” is a shifting of one CEO into the another position.
“Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally’s candidacy for the top job at Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) threatens to overshadow car introductions at Ford Motor Co. (F) and raises the risk of internal strife among his deputies at the automaker. Keeping the focus on autos rather than management will be paramount as Ford plans to introduce 23 new vehicles in 2014, the busiest year on record for the 110-year-old company, said Michelle Krebs, an analyst for auto researcher Edmunds.com.”
The focus on business is not just the top concern the ability to pull off the new investment in production. Leadership makes all the difference in continuity of product, production and promotion. When a leader leaves before they implement the plan can get dodgy and shift not meeting expectation.
Chief Executive Officer Mulally, Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other company leaders have frequently reiterated a 13-month-old plan that called for Mulally to stay at the helm of the second-largest U.S. automaker through at least next year. While Ford has established a successor in Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, questions over timing risk a return to the executive infighting that afflicted the pre-Mulally Ford, said a person at the company with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing managers’ roles.
Further, consider the big picture of Detroit. Typically, big 100 corporation see themselves as the end game or the bigger picture but yet, it rest with the ecosystem. The Ford’s will be one critical factor in the restoration of Detroit and surrounding communities. The inability to produce traction with the new models will bring about further demise to a city as a economic, social and cultural feeder. Ford starves so goes the ecosystem that it feeds.
Ford is less than a month away from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where the Dearborn, Michigan-based company will show cars and trucks that are crucial to its future.
Bloomberg reports, “While Mulally is among a handful of internal and external candidates being discussed as Microsoft’s next CEO, his lack of computer-industry experience detracts from his track record as a successful manager, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Steve Mollenkopf, another candidate for the Microsoft position, was all but eliminated last week when Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) promoted him to the top job from chief operating officer,” reports Bloomberg.
“The automaker can ill afford diversions as it introduces F-Series pickups that are being redesigned to take on recently updated trucks from General Motors Co. (GM) and Chrysler Group LLC (CGC), said Maryann Keller, an auto-industry consultant.”
“There is an obligation on the part of the board to get this resolved as quickly as possible,” said Keller, who was a director at Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. and Lithia Motors Inc. (LAD) “You can’t ask Ford to wait for Microsoft to make a decision that may or may not involve their CEO. That’s not fair to Ford.”
“Mulally’s candidacy to become Microsoft’s CEO has faded in recent weeks amid concerns about his lack of technology-industry experience, according to three people familiar with the matter. There are still scenarios in which the board could opt for Mulally, including one in which he takes the job for several years and helps ready an internal candidate, said one of the people. Last month, Mulally was one of the more likely candidates, along with Microsoft executive Satya Nadella, people familiar with the search had said.”
The path of CEO is needed to carryout the mission and bring new glory to manufacturing and automotive which not so long ago was shaken to its core. The new automotive line is not the only concern but the importance of facilities, supply chain optimization and managing effective operations for breeding new intelligence and innovation to support long-term sustainable growth.