As reports surface, and then Ford denies, that it's searching for the person who will ultimately replace CEO Alan Mulally, one thing is clear: This story will now overshadow everything else Ford is trying to do.
The latest denial from Ford involves a new report from the Wall Street Journalthat says Ford may add the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Essentially, this person would be the CEO in waiting and smooth the CEO transition. Ford is denying there is a CEO or COO search underway. A spokesperson for the company says, "We are not about to name a COO, nor do we speculate about future personnel decisions."
The four candidates who have been reported as possible candidates to replace Mulally are: