Boeing, Boeing, Ford!

Why? Why appoint Alan Mulally, head of Boeing’s commercial airfcraft division, as Ford Motor’s new chief executive?
According to outgoing CEO Bill Ford: “Business skills by and large are transferable”…
Wait there’s more:
According to Billy-Boy, there are striking similarities between the car and aircraft industries. Just your everyday issues like:
– long development times
– complex manufacturing processes
– troublesome unions
– thousands of supplier relationships.
One more industry similarity they forgot to mention – incompetence in senior management?
Update: BusinessWeek has an interesting angle

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