- Lewis Booth, EVP in charge of Europe and Premier Automotive Group
- Jim Farley - Group VP of marketing and communications
- Mark Fields - President of the Americas
- Joe Heinricks - Group VP of global manufacturing
- Don Leclair - CFO
- Stephen Odell - COO Ford of Europe
Immediately, the company went into panic mode.
"I'm not going to go there," said one of the purported candidates, Americas boss Mark Fields, when Automotive News asked him about the report. "I'm going to let the chips fall where they may."
Laymon's untimely disclosure will have the following negative effects on the company:
... It immediately sets up a horse race among the six candidates that could create unnecessary conflict and backbiting. Ford has a history of corporate infighting going back decades (Harry Bennett and Henry Ford II, Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca, Bill Ford and Jac Nasser) and hardly needs any more of it.
It immediately makes Mulally a lame duck, even though his contract doesn't expire until 2011. Scuttlebutt around the copy machine will now focus more on who will replace Mulally than what Mulally himself is trying to accomplish.
Stay tuned to see how the company manages to handle this messy announcement.For more: