DETROIT — New Ford Motor Co. marketing chief Jim Farley is on a short list to replace CEO Alan Mulally.
Farley's management skills and his potential to be CEO made him the No. 1 pick for Ford's top marketing job last year, says Ford personnel chief Joe Laymon.
Farley joins Ford executives Mark Fields, Joe Hinrichs, Stephen Odell, Don Leclair and Lewis Booth on the company's list of internal CEO candidates, said Laymon, who identified the candidates in an interview last week with Automotive News.
Laymon, Ford's group vice president of corporate human resources and labor affairs, says the list is reviewed annually. Executives can be dropped or added as Ford's board of directors gets closer to determining the next CEO.
"There is no promise," Laymon said, but "we do believe that from that group of folks could come the next Alan Mulally."