When Alan Mulally took the helm at Ford Motor Co. in October 2006, many auto industry insiders questioned whether an outsider could revive the troubled company. Fast forward to 2009 and it’s hard to find a Mulally critic. In a remarkably short time, the former Boeing Co. executive has managed to turn Ford into the darling of the domestic auto makers, deftly maneuvering the auto maker through a global economic recession without resorting to government assistance. Ford’s performance is ...

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