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Turning Ford Around

Ford Motor Company’s CEO will deliver Patterson Transportation Lecture April 18

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company, will deliver the 31st Annual William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture Wednesday, April 18, at Northwestern University. 

In “The Ford Story,” Mulally will discuss a range of topics, including Ford’s turnaround, the importance of American manufacturing and the future of transportation. He also will take questions from the audience. 

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen L. Coon Forum, Donald P. Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Sponsored by the University’s Transportation Center, the event is free and open to the public.

Prior to joining Ford in September 2006, Mulally served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. 

Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership, including being named “Businessperson of the Year” by the readers of Fortune magazine, “Industry Leader of the Year” by Automotive News magazine and one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine.


He currently serves on the President’s Export Council, formed in 2010 to advise President Barack Obama on export enhancement and ways to encourage companies to increase exports and enter new markets. Mulally also is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering. 

The Patterson Transportation Lecture is an annual event supported by the Patterson Transportation Endowment, established at Northwestern in 1979 and honoring the late William A. Patterson, founder and chief executive officer of United Airlines. 

The Transportation Center is an interdisciplinary education and research institution at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, dedicated to the long-term improvement of global transportation and supply chain systems. 

For further information, call (847) 491-2280 or visit the Transportation Center’s website at

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