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July 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

After flirting with Microsoft, Mulally joins Google board

Hell hath no fury like Alan Mulally scorned, apparently.

Barely six months after being in the running to lead Microsoft, former Ford boss Alan Mulally has joined the board of its archrival, Google.

It’s the second bird that Mulally’s flipped toward Redmond since his reported flirtation with the Microsoft job.

Ford image of Mulally

Ford image of Mulally

In February, shortly after Satya Nadella was named chief executive, word surfaced that Ford was pulling Microsoft software out of its dashboards, ending a longtime partnership on the popular “Sync” electronics system.

Mulally was widely seen as a finalist for the Microsoft job after his stellar performance reorganizing Ford and leading it through the recession.

But reports of his candidacy were deflected in part by Mulally’s pledge to stay with Ford through 2014. It turned out the timetable wasn’t fixed. Ford announced in May that Mulally would step down as of July 1 and be replaced by Mark Fields, who was formerly its chief operating officer.

From 2001 to 2006 Mulally led Boeing’s commercial airplane business in the Seattle area and he kept a home on the Eastside. He also helped Steve Ballmer develop the Ford-like “One Microsoft” reorganization announced in 2013.

Getting Mulally on the board is a coup for Google, which is entering the automotive business with in-car software and its self-driving car project. Google also is moving into aerospace with satellite and aircraft projects to provide remote areas with connectivity.

Google’s founders are also fans of Boeing and aviation. One of their early indulgences was a Boeing 767-200 and they later added a 757 to the fleet (which was provided with discounted fuel by NASA until the deal was discovered last year).

“Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience,” Google Chief Executive Larry Page said in a release. “I am so pleased that Alan is now joining Google’s board!”

Mulally’s appointment to the board took effect July 9 and he’ll serve on the search giant’s audit committee.

Google is giving Mulally $1 million worth of stock to start plus $350,000 worth of stock and $75,000 cash annually during his service.

Comments | Topics: Alan Mulally, Billionaire techies, Boeing

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