Ex-Ford chief Mulally joins Google’s board

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SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc has appointed Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally to its board of directors, drafting a seasoned Detroit into its ranks as it develops a self-driving car and tries to get its software into automobiles.

Mulally, once deemed a strong contender for the top job at Corp, joins venture capitalist John Doerr, Intel Chief Officer Paul Otellini and VMWare co-founder Diane Greene on the board of the Internet advertising leader.

Mulally on July 1 handed Ford’ helm to Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, six months earlier than expected.
He had been expected to seek another -profile post thereafter. The 68-year- Boeing Co is credited transforming the . 2 U.. automaker from a money-loser to a company expects to realize a pretax of up to $8 billion this year.

His auto industry expertise may come in handy as Google engages Detroit, hoping its Android software will become the standard platform for everything from messaging to media in cars. The Silicon Valley company has also pursued its vision of self-driving cars, though largely on its own.

Mulally will also serve on Google’ audit committee. The board is chaired by Eric Schmidt.

“Alan brings a wealth of proven and experience,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a blogpost. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]