DETROIT—Ford Motor Co. named Mark Fields to replace Alan Mulally as CEO on July 1.
“From the first day we discussed Ford's transformation eight years ago, Alan and I agreed that developing the next generation of leaders and ensuring an orderly CEO succession were among our highest priorities,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement.
“Now, Mark is ready to lead our company into the future as CEO.”
Fields, 53, emerged as Mulally's likely successor when he was promoted to chief operating officer in December 2012. The 25-year Ford veteran was tapped to become the firm's No. 2 executive after leading the auto maker's North American operations from deep losses to record profits.
The transition will bring an end to a storied chapter in Ford's history.
Shortly after Mulally arrived from Boeing Co. in September 2006, he carried out a plan to borrow $23 billion to see the company through the rough times ahead. The loan allowed Ford to avoid the bailouts and bankruptcies that befell the predecessors of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group L.L.C.
Ford has earned $42.3 billion in the last five years after losing $30.1 billion from 2006 through 2008. Last year, rising sales of Escape SUVs, F-Series pickups and Fusion sedans helped drive Ford's pretax earnings in North America to a record $8.78 billion.
Ford's first-quarter net income this year fell 39 percent, marking its weakest quarter since 2010.