Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company CEO, has recently said in an interview that he will undoubtedly stay will Ford until the end of 2014.  This ends months of speculation ever since his name was linked to the post Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may leave this year.

Wanting to end all the uncertainty surrounding his tenure at Ford and shift all focus and attention on Ford’s next-generation F-150 pickup truck that will be unveiled at next week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mulally made the announcement that everyone at Ford wanted to hear although he would not confirm whether or not he spoke with Microsoft.

“Alan has made clear that he has no plans to do anything else than continue serving Ford. He remains absolutely focused on continuing to make progress on our One Ford plan,” said Ford spokesman Jay Cooney

Since Mulally’s arrival in 2006, Ford has been able to turn things around and was the  only U.S. automotive manufacturer to avoid bankruptcy.

After successful stints at Boeing and Ford, people thought it wise for Mulally to go for grand slam and turn Microsoft’s fortunes around.  And since Mulally had the knack for taking on a new challenge – he took on Ford without prior expertise in the automotive industry – this was right up his alley. 

Ironically, it was outgoing Microsoft CEO and longtime Mulally confidant, Steve Ballmer, who created the buzz when he wrote, “Changing industries can upset even the most seasoned executive. Not Alan.  He understands the fundamentals of business success as well as any business leader I know.”