After riding into the sunset at Ford, Alan Mulally is taking his talents to Silicon Valley.
"Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience," Google CEO Larry Page said.
Mulally, 68, stepped down as CEO of Ford ( in June after nearly eight years of steering the storied auto maker. He's credited with )turning around Ford and helping it avoid filing for bankruptcy like its rivals General Motors ( and Chrysler did. )
"I am honored to serve on the board of a global iconic company that is dedicated to enhancing our lives," Mulally said.
In some ways, the decision to join Google as a director fulfills rumors last year that called for Mulally to join a tech company. At the time, the Ford executive was viewed as a leading candidate to replace Steve Ballmer at Microsoft (Tech30), which ultimately decided to tap Satya Nadella instead. ,