Former Ford Motor Company CEO talks to Scottsdale Rotary

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Rotary Club of Scottsdale Members and guests enjoying Alan Mulally’s sharing of lessons learned. (Special to the Independent)

Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Company, addressed Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians and their guests at a Scottsdale McCormick’s capacity-filled Lakeside Ballroom.

Mr. Mulally related many impactful, humorous and informative stories about his experiences as an engineer and senior executive.

He related his desire to strive to be best in class; to trust and believe in employees; to build an environment of everyone working together; to get the hearts and minds of employees to work as a team to implement Henry Ford’s original vision – to open highways to all mankind; and, to ensure each team member shares together on a journey from “I to “we,” and from “me” to “our.”

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Alan Mulally, addressing the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests. (submitted photo)

Mr. Mulally served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company and was a member of the company’s Board of Directors from September 2006 to June 2014, according to a press release. Mr. Mulally led Ford’s transformation into one of the world’s leading automakers.

He guided the Ford team in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and implementation of a plan to drive profitable growth for all the company’s stakeholders. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Mulally served as president of Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems and senior VP of The Boeing Company, and was responsible for Boeing’s defense, space and government business.

Throughout, his career, Mr. Mulally has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership, including: No. 3 Fortune’s “Worlds Greatest Leaders” list; one of the 30 “Worlds Best CEOs” by Barron magazine; “Industry Leader of the Year” by Automotive News magazine; one of “The Worlds Most Influential People” by TIME magazine; “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine; the Edison Achievement Award; induction into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame; “Person of the Year” by Aviation Week magazine and many more honors.

While at Boeing, Mr. Mulally progressed through a number of significant engineering and program-management assignments, including contributions on the 727, 737, 747, 757, 777 and 787 airplanes, the release stated.

The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale: on Feb. 8 Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian; on March 14, Eileen Klein, president of Arizona Board of Regents; and, on March 21, Mark Brnovich, Arizona’s Attorney General.

The meetings are held at noon with a buffet lunch at Scottsdale’s McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located 7401 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.

See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.

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