Alan Mulally to Receive the AIAA/ASME/AHS/SAE Guggenheim Medal Written 27 April 2015

CONTACT: John Blacksten

Honored for Leadership in the Creation, Design, Development, and Manufacture of Commercial Airplanes, Exemplified by the Boeing 777
April 27, 2015 – Reston, Va. – Alan Mulally, an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Honorary Fellow, past president of AIAA, a member of the Board of Directors at Google, former CEO of Ford Motor Company, former president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, former executive vice president of The Boeing Company, and former president of Boeing Information, Space & Defense, has won the 2014 Daniel Guggenheim Medal.

The Daniel Guggenheim Medal, established in 1929, honors persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics. AIAA, ASME, AHS, and SAE jointly sponsor the medal. Mulally will receive the medal on May 6, during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

“The presenting societies of the Guggenheim Medal congratulate Alan Mulally for being named the winner of the 2014 Guggenheim Medal,” said Sandra Magnus, AIAA executive director. “His oversight and involvement in the creation of six of the world’s most well-known airliners, along with his direction of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, have clearly demonstrated his bold vision, his now legendary leadership skills, and his personal commitment to improving air transportation for all of humanity.” Magnus concluded, “Mulally’s work embodies the spirit of the Guggenheim Medal, and has truly helped shape commercial aviation as we know it today.”

“I am deeply honored to accept the Guggenheim Medal on behalf of the thousands of aerospace professionals worldwide who continue to dedicate their lives to safe and efficient global commercial air transportation,” said Mulally. “Such an honor to serve! Thank you, AIAA, ASME, AHS, and SAE, for your tremendous service to our aerospace and automotive professionals.”

Joining The Boeing Company in 1969, Mulally contributed to a wide range of Boeing airliners including the 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and 787 airliners. Mulally supported the design of the cockpits for both the 757 and the 767 airliners, transitioning them from the familiar analogue to digital systems and creating the “glass cockpit,” which is now the industry standard. On the 777 project, Mulally served as the director of engineering and later as vice president and general manager of the program. Boeing promoted Mulally to senior vice president of airplane development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group in 1994. Subsequent promotions followed until 1998, when he was made president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, with CEO duties added in 2001.

Mulally became president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company in 2006. He led Ford’s transformation into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the number-one automobile brand in the U.S. He guided Ford in working on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and implementation of the “One Ford” plan to deliver profitable growth for all the company’s stakeholders.

Mulally joined the Board of Directors at Google in 2014.

Mulally is a member of President Obama’s Export Council, past chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association, and past co-chairman of the Washington Competiveness Council, as well as a former member of several advisory boards.

Mulally is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has earned numerous accolades for his leadership skills, among them: “Business Person of the Year,” from Fortune magazine; “Industry Leader of the Year,” from Automotive News magazine; one of the “World’s Most Influential People,” from Time magazine; and one of the “World’s Greatest Leaders,” from Fortune magazine.

Mulally’s past honors include the 2005 AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence and the 1996 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award. In 2011, he received Automotive Executive of the Year honors, as well as an Edison Achievement Award for his work with Ford Motor Company.

For more information about the Daniel Guggenheim Medal, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7623.


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