Alan Mulally is CEO of Ford

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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.


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    1. Is this why we will never be named CEO of the year by Chief Executive magazine?

  1. Mullally wouldn’t be the first to have had an unlikely profession. Imran Khan becaome a politician. Mike Brearley was president of the British Psychoanalyitical Society. And Derek Pringle was a professional cricketer! Imagine.

    1. Yes Pringle is indeed an odd case seeing as he was already highly successful in the field of crisps manufacturing before he took up bat and ball.

    1. Unlike Jimmy O, I’m definitely the second-best cricketer in my family. Alas.

  2. Hounds are not manipulative. You meant bastard. Bastards are manipulative.

    1. Oh, and speaking of unlikely professions, Sachin Tendulkar is going to become some kind of a politician. Not sure what. I am looking forward to statements like “it’s a good stage to speak on” and “the law came nicely on to the table”. I am not quite sure what the latter means. Seems right, though.

  3. Wikipedia has had to dig so deep to defend Mullallys batting:

    “Mullally was a poor batsman, and more often than not occupied the No. 11 position in the England batting line-up. However, he struck an aggressive 16 off 15 balls, including 3 cross-batted fours off Glenn McGrath, to help England to a 12-run win against Australia at Melbourne in 1998/99.[2] His highest Test score of 24 against Pakistan featured several airborne boundaries off Wasim Akram. “

  4. I know we’re not paying any attention to Division 2, but still: 137.4-51-241-15

    1. I don’t recall Mulllallly ever being our best bowler.

      I recall tight-fisted spells – only because he bowled so far wide of the off stump that the batsman could easily leave the new ball to get old without the batsman’s risk/help.

    2. I won’t hear a bad word said against Big Al. Get him out of retirement and he’d be our best bowler all over again.

      He was #2 in the world in the ODI rankings, briefly.

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