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Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined Google’s Board of Directors just a few weeks after retiring from the car giant earlier this month.

Mulally was president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. for the past eight years. The 68-year-old was also a top candidate to succeed Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s CEO before Satya Nadella was hired in February.

“I am honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives,” Mulally said in a statement. “I look forward to working together with the Google board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision.”

Back in January, Mulally said he planned on staying at Ford through the end of 2014 — ending speculation that he was taking over for Ballmer at Microsoft — but then announced in May that he was retiring from the company on July 1.

Mulally’s appointment to Google’s board was effective July 9. The former Boeing exec who helped reposition Ford amid the U.S. car industry crisis will serve on Google’s Audit Committee.

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