We always wondered what happened to flaxen-haired wrong-handed Nineties seam bowlers when they retired. Turns out they go all corporate.
After retiring from cricket, Mullally spent quite some time working for Boeing, where he rose to become executive vice president despite his CV being stained by the fact that he only managed 1,615 runs in 230 first-class matches.
The aerospace giant clearly focused more on his nagging accuracy and surprise quicker ball in fast tracking him to a key decision-making position and that faith was rewarded in 2006 when Mullally was named ‘person of the year’ by Aviation Week & Space Technology. However, shortly afterwards, he accepted the job of CEO of Ford, perhaps seeking new challenges.
The cash-strapped car manufacturer had long coveted Mullally’s impressive one-day economy rate of 3.84 and was duly rewarded in 2011 when Mullally was named ‘person of the year’ by The Financial Times and also ‘CEO of the year’ by Chief Executive magazine.
Oh, wait – Mulally with one L? We’ve been had. Thanks for nothing, D Charlton. Send your misleading emails elsewhere next time, you manipulative hound.