No. 6 Alan Mulally (President and CEO, Commercial Airplanes): Boeing
When Bill Ford stepped down as CEO of Ford Motor Co., Boeing’s Mulally was a solid but surprising candidate to replace him. With a spectacular track record of turning around Boeing, Ford forgave his inexperience in the auto industry. During his 37-year tenure, he was credited for Boeing’s resurgence to the top of the commercial aircraft industry by eliminating inefficiencies and revamping their product line. All of which, the ailing automaker hopes he can do for them. Mulally exits Boeing during a prosperous time for the firm, as its orders for the 787 aircraft he helped introduce are expected to propel Boeing ahead of Airbus for number of planes ordered. With Mulally’s departure, will Boeing’s flight plan stay on course?