Donald Trump Mulling Former Ford Head Alan Mulally for Secretary of State

The ex-CEO helped the Blue Oval avoid a messy bankruptcy during the 2008 recession.

byAaron Brown|
Donald Trump Mulling Former Ford Head Alan Mulally for Secretary of State


Add him to the list. President-elect Donald Trump is now apparently mulling former Ford CEO Alan Mulally for the job of secretary of state.

Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News's “Fox & Friends” Friday that Mulally, 71, linked up with Trump in New York Thursday to talk about the job. Conway's announcement was the first time Mulally's name had been publicly disclosed as a candidate for the job.

“The secretary of state field has obviously broadened and widened,” Conway said.

In addition to Mulally, the campaign manager said Trump is also considering Mitt Romney, Senator Bob Corker, Rudy Giuliani, David Petraeus, ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and John Bolton.

“This is an important process,” Conway said. The president-elect “is welcoming in a number of men and women who have very diverse backgrounds.”

Before Mulally left Ford in 2014, the former CEO helped push the company through the 2008 recession and prevented a messy bankruptcy like those General Motors and Chrysler (now Fiat Chrysler) were forced into. Mulally now serves on Alphabet's—Google's parent company—board of directors.

“There are a number of people who have come in recent days and weeks to interview with the president-elect and the vice president-elect,” Conway said. “And everybody has such a different resume and they all have to have the same perspective, though. You have to be able to adhere to what will be the Trump doctrine, worldwide, and be willing to execute on his vision for that role as secretary of state over at Foggy Bottom.”