Ford has at last appointed its chief operating officer, Mark Fields, to the top job of chief executive officer, a position occupied by high-achieving Alan Mulally for the past eight years.
Mulally’s 'One Ford' plan is credited with carrying the company through the 2008-2011 financial crisis without the need for the kind of government bail-out that rescued GM and Chrysler, and getting it rapidly back to profitability. Here, Fields talks exclusively to Steve Cropley about how he’ll run the company.
Congratulations on your new job. Will you make early changes, to mark the change of management?
I’d prefer to talk about what’s not going to change. In organisations like ours there’s always some concern when new guys take over, so I want to stress my determination to stick to our One Ford plan, and to a culture of positive leadership. But I believe this is the right time to accelerate the plan with even more product passion, and more innovation.
What role will Alan Mulally play in future?