The election campaign feud made countless headlines, but President-elect Donald Trump and Ford Motor Company could soon share a unique bond â€” assuming one man gets a plum job.
Trump’s transition team has revealed that ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally is being considered for the position of Secretary of State.Â
First reported by Fox News, Mulally joins hopefuls that include Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who shared a fairly appealing spread with the president-elect at a New York restaurant last week.
The Trump team met with Mulally yesterday.
According to campaign managerÂ Kellyanne Conway, the team’s ideal pick is someone outside of the Washington establishment, hence the business and military-heavy candidates. Mulally, she said, would be an “interesting” choice.
Serving as president and CEO of Ford from September 5, 2006 to July 1, 2014, Mulally guided the automaker through the most tumultuous period in its history, avoiding the bankruptcy that befell General Motors and Chrysler. Under his watch, Ford divested itself of Volvo, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, and most of its Mazda stake. New product strategies emerged, and Ford rode out of the recession on a wave of prosperity.
Before Ford, Mulally served as a high-ranking executive at Boeing, eventually gaining the title of CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Trump’s consideration comes as something of a surprise, given his past treatment Ford. The president-elect singled the automaker out for sending production of small cars to Mexico, though the relationships has since thawed, at least somewhat. Still, Trump’s threat of tariffs on vehicles imported from Mexico hasn’t gone away.[Image: Ford Motor Company]