Retired Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally to Speak at the Western Leadership Forum Oct. 25

Retired President and CEO of the Ford Motor Corp. Alan Mulally will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Western Washington University Leadership Forum on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham.

Alan Mulally to speak at WLF Oct. 25Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch service beginning at noon; the keynote address will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Mulally served as president and CEO of The Ford Motor Company and as a member of Ford’s board of directors from September 2006 to June 2014. Mulally led Ford’s transformation into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. He guided Ford in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and implementation of the One Ford plan to deliver profitable growth for all of the company’s stakeholders.

Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served as EVP of the Boeing Company, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and president of Boeing information, Space and Defense Systems. Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership, and service, including being named #3 on Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders,” one of the 30 “World’s Best CEO’s” by Barrons’ magazine, one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by Time magazine, and “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine.

He was also honored with the American Society for Quality’s medal for excellence in executive leadership, the Automotive Executive of the Year, and the Thomas Edison Achievement Award. Mulally is a Museum of Flight Pathfinder and a member of the Automobile Hall of Fame.

Mulally previously served on President Obama’s United States Export Council. He served as cochairman of the Washington Competitiveness Council, and has served on the advisory boards of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Mulally has also served as President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association. Mulally is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

Mulally currently serves on the board of directors of Google, Carbon 3D, and the Mayo Clinic. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

The WWU Leadership Forum is an annual opportunity for business and civic leaders to connect with friends of the university and to enjoy an address by a prominent professional. The title sponsor for the event is Moss Adams, a nationally recognized accounting and consulting firm.

All proceeds from the event support student scholarships and table sponsorships are available at the $2,500 Mount Shuksan and $3,500 Mount Baker levels. The Mount Baker level provides funding for one named WWU scholarship and includes the 11:30 private reception with Alan Mulally. Limited numbers of individual tickets are available for $150 each.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling (360) 650-6825. For more information, contact John Dlouhy, WWU director of Special Events, at (360) 650-3629 or

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