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Who needs typical?

A typical Sloan Fellows alumnus? You’d be hard-pressed to find one. MIT Sloan Fellows have launched startups that mushroomed into multinationals, forestalled unprecedented environmental crises, and brought mega-companies back from near-death experiences. They are from Paris, Singapore, Sao Paulo. They have backgrounds in medicine, mechanical engineering, international law. A typical Sloan Fellow? Meet three program alumni, and see if you find any common denominators.

Alan Mullaly, SF ’82
United States
CEO, Ford Motor Company (retired July 1, 2014)

An aeronautical engineer, Alan Mullaly entered Boeing in 1969 straight out of the University of Kansas, rose through the ranks, and was made president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2001. A mere five years later, he was named “Person of the Year” by Aviation Week for the quality of his leadership and was soon wooed to the helm of Ford Motor Company. One Forbes columnist called him a “visionary in chief” who turned Ford around by focusing its culture on innovation. Another Forbes writer said that Mulally’s “innovation track record should be the envy of every executive today” and that his “turnaround of Ford will likely be studied by business students for years to come.”

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