Chicago, Illinois – Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, has been named a winner of the 2011 Edison Achievement Award. The award honours leaders who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation, marketing and human-centred design throughout their careers.

Also named for this year was John Hendricks, founder and chairman of the Discovery Channel.

Mulally has been president and CEO at Ford since 2006. Prior to joining, he served as the executive vice-president of Boeing, and was president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The steering committee of the award cited “the boldness of vision and leadership he has brought to the Ford Motor Company,” and said that Mulally is widely credited with having led the turnaround in the company’s performance during the worst economic crisis in decades, delivering continuously improving performance in such areas as product design, profits and cash without government intervention.

The Edison Awards were established in 1987 and are granted under the aegis of the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University.

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