“As soon as we attained profitability, we turned our attention to Asia Pacific. Our investments have been tremendous in India and China. These are the fastest growing markets in the world.” Asked what would be his advice to chief operating officer Mark Fields who is tipped to replace him, Mulally said, “My advice (to him) will be to stay on the ‘One Ford’ plan. That transformation is one of the biggest transformation in the history (of Ford).” On what difference he made in the company during his eight-year stint, he said the focus was on seven aspects, including making Ford serve all markets worldwide.
“Number two, we focused on the Ford brand. Third reason was our commitment to customers; fourth was on delivering better quality and fuel efficient vehicles; fifth to operate as one global company; sixth to always produce to the demand; seventh is financing plan... we have restructured our business and now have repaid all of $ 23.5 billion.” Earlier, Mulally met the 3,600 employees working at the Ford plant and the company’s business service division here. (PTI)