Tomahawk, WI 12/16/2013 (BasicsMedia) – Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) still remains in the control of the founder’s family. This is despite the family’s minority position in the company. Ford was started by Henry Ford and has been around for more than110 years. Looking at its performance in recent times, the company has been able to overcome the impact of recession that nearly wiped out its peers.  It remains alargely profitable company, by most measures.

Year-to-date, the company has performed beyond the expectations of many analysts and this has made it an easy pick for investors seeking a slice of the auto industry.

The company’s CEO, Alan Mulally, is credited for having turned the company around. He has been able to bring the company from the depths of losses to top profits. The company recently launched a new Mustang and it is expected to announce more development and tweaks in its operations, according to its so-called “One Ford’ plan.

Mulally’s hand

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) president and CEO takes the credit for what the company is today and perhaps what it could be in the upcoming years. The company’s escape from financial crisis and its avoidance of bankruptcy even before the financial crisis have helped it win the confidence of investors. Winning the confidence of investors was not enough in itself, but retaining that confidence was one of the biggest challenges.

In this case, Mulally exceeded the expectations of supporters and critics. More and more investors have been finding Ford an attractive pick, given its colorful recent history and the promise ahead.

The company’s financial position in largely solid and it has been posting positive results in the past several quarters. The company is also making good its promise to expand to more emerging markets and to adjust operations to limit expenses.

CEO exit causing anxiety

It has been rumored that Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)’s CEO may be joining software company Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). He is among the front-running candidates for the top job in the company. MSFT is looking for a new head to replace the retiring CEO Steve Ballmer. Last month, a senior official in Ford’s board sought to explain that Mulally was not going to leave the automaker soon, perhaps until after 2014.

This announcement led to more bullish trading on the stock as it cooled anxiety among investors. However, just a few weeks later, we are seeing even Ford’s board of directors confounded to some extent by the CEO’s position.

The CEO has been asked to clarify his stance on whether he will remain with the automaker or he is planning a move to MSFT. It seems the board has made assumptions over Mulally’s stance all along and this could be contradicting the real stance of the CEO.

In the event that Mulally leaves Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), it would be a big blow to the automaker considering that its main rival General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has just dislodged itself from government control and is charging fiercely.  The exit of Mulally would obviously weaken the stock and this is why investors will stay on the sidelines until the big announcement over the CEO replacement at MSFT is made.

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