A Trump spokesperson has said he met with Mulally to discuss the position, despite the President-elect's criticism of the automaker.

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is under consideration to the be the next U.S. Secretary of State.

Mulally met with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the position last week, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with Fox News.

Conway said Trump “is welcoming in a number of men and women who have very diverse backgrounds.”

Mulally became CEO of Ford in 2006, having previously headed Boeing’s commercial airlines unit - he joined the company straight from college as an engineer. He instigated a raft of cost-cutting measures at Ford that led to the automaker’s “One Ford” policy - the globalization of key model lines like the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion/Mondeo, Mustang, Edge, and Transit. He also drove through the creation of more fuel-efficient vehicles, like the aluminium-bodied F-150 pickup truck.

71-year-old Mulally gained acclaim in Washington D.C. for keeping Ford out of bankruptcy following the financial crash of 2008, which neither General Motors or Chrysler managed to do. He also acted as an advisor on President Obama’s Export Council.

Others in contention to become the United States’ top diplomat include Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson, former CIA Director David Petraeus, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker.

Mulally retired from Ford in 2014. He has since joined the board of Google, having been in line to head Microsoft.

Trump has been critical of both Ford and Boeing in the past. Last week he called for Boeing’s contract to build a replacement for Air Force One to be cancelled, and he repeatedly attacked Ford’s plan to move Focus production to Mexico during his campaign.

Source: Automotive News


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