“Under Alan Mulally’s leadership, Ford has reported record profits and increased employment growth,” said U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. “Alan’s wisdom helped revitalize Ford and has contributed in no small part to Southeast Michigan’s economic resuscitation. While his leadership will certainly be missed, I wish him the very best in retirement and look forward to continuing our friendship.”
“Mark Fields has worked side-by-side with Alan in overseeing Ford’s turnaround,” Dingell said. “His years of hands-on experience with the company’s day-to-day operations make him ideally suited to see the company through the challenges it faces now and in the future. I look forward to working closely with Mark to continue to advance our domestic automobile industry and the needs and interests of its workers.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called the automaker “a Pure Michigan success story known around the world and the company’s sustained comeback is a tribute to its leaders and hard-working employees.”
Snyder saluted Mulally for leaving Ford stronger than he found it and congratulated Fields as a man who rose through the company’s ranks. “His international experience will no doubt help him ensure that people around the globe will know Ford’s made-in-Michigan quality.”
Originally, Mulally said he planned to stay in the top job through the end of the year and as recently as Friday said there were no changes to his plans.
“The reason that we have moved … this up, from the guidance we gave, is that we are absolutely fully confident that … the team is in place,” Mulally said. “It really is a confidence that we have that now is the time to do it.”