Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Ford's executive board might seek answers regarding the status of Alan Mulally's position as CEO in a closed meeting Thursday. While Mulally has deflected rumors on leaving Ford for Microsoft thus far, the pressure heats up in paving the company's future.
After the exit of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, it was suggested that Mulally might be the right fit for the job among a handful of contenders. He has previously advised Ballmer and also served as a top Boeing executive. He was credited with fueling Ford's success since he took the wheel in 2006.
The company cross-over rumors come at a time of Ford's expansion of important new products. Ford is gearing up to launch a new Mustang sports car and a new version of its most profitable car, the F-150 pickup.
Executives say they're not surprised that other companies court Mulally's leadership, but implied Thursday that they're seeking more answers in his decisions moving forward as investor eyes on Mulally dilutes the larger picture of Ford's success.
It is unclear whether Mulally is attending the board's Thursday meeting. The company has announced new leadership possibilities, anticipating Mulally's departure. Even if he doesn't take the Microsoft position, he has said he only intends to stay at Ford through 2014.
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